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Danielle, 24

I was lucky enough that my mom was able to set her political and religious beliefs aside in order to protect me from the many struggles that I would have faced caused by failed birth control.

Gina, VA

I hear all the time about the stereotype of what type of girl/woman have abortions. Sleeping around, not using birth control, etc. I am here to tell you that their wrong!

Getting a birth-control prescription filled should be easy. You take your prescription to a pharmacy and leave with the medication that your doctor prescribed. But what would you do if your pharmacist made you feel ashamed for using birth control and refused to give it to you?

Women should be able to get their birth-control prescriptions at any pharmacy. But the fact is many women are turned away at the pharmacy counter.

The Challenge

It may surprise you to learn that many states let pharmacies refuse to fill a birth-control prescription. It's not just inconvenient for a woman to be denied her birth-control prescription, it can be dangerous to her health. Women should not fear getting a lecture or being humiliated at the pharmacy counter.

Our Solution

We can call on all lawmakers to fix this problem:

  • States can pass laws that guarantee that women can get their birth-control prescription filled at any pharmacy.
  • Better yet, Congress could enact a law that would put an end to denials and delays at pharmacy counters in all 50 states.

Laws About Access at Pharmacies

Summary of State and Federal Laws

Guaranteed Access to Prescriptions

7 states guarantee that women’s birth-control prescriptions will be filled: CA, IL, ME, NV, NJ, WA, WI.

  • 2 states also require pharmacies to dispense over-the-counter emergency contraception: IL, WA.

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