Women have long reported that hormonal birth control can be difficult and costly to obtain. Many have trouble scheduling regular doctor appointments in the first place; for the uninsured, this can be an even greater obstacle. In recent years, states have turned to pharmacist-prescribed birth control as a way to reduce both barriers to birth control and unintended pregnancies. Allowing pharmacists to prescribe takes advantage of pharmacist training and education, and improves access to medication by cutting red tape.

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