Oregon opts to dramatically expand women’s birth control access

An illustration picture shows a woman holding a pill at her home in NiceBy Shelby Sebens PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) – Oregon is poised to dramatically expand access to birth control after Governor Kate Brown signed laws that will allow women to get a yearlong supply of oral contraceptives directly from pharmacists without a trip to the doctor, lawmakers and a legal expert said on Tuesday. "I would say Oregon is definitely at the forefront," said Mara Gandal-Powers, counsel for the National Women's Law Center, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit advocacy group. One measure, signed by Brown on Monday, allows women to get birth control pills directly from a pharmacist without a doctor's visit or prescription.

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