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senate Bill S. 1438

Should Contraceptives Be Available to Adults Over-the-Counter?

Argument in favor

There is no reason that contraceptives intended for regular use and have been proven to be safe shouldn’t be available to adults over-the-counter. People should be able to use funds from health-related savings accounts to buy over-the-counter drugs.

PacificCstar's Opinion
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08/23/2015
If we can prevent headaches and colds over the counter, we should definitely be able to prevent unexpected children! The cost will not be an issue when store brands become available.
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GrumpyMSgt's Opinion
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08/24/2015
Yes, over 21 with appropriate warnings for complications. Cost would be minimal as these drugs have been available for years. Added benefit: liberals would not be able to defend the need for Planned Parenthood. Yea!
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Peter's Opinion
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06/17/2016
As a Christian I believe that every life is valuable and every child is a miracle: a gift from God. But I am a man and who am I to tell a woman what to do with her own body? I cannot produce another human being from my own body and therefore cannot presume to understand the personal burdens that come along with carrying a baby full term and then nurturing that child to adulthood. Especially if I am unmarried and do not have solid economic or social foundation. I believe that those contraceptives that are deemed safe and effective by the FDA should be made available to women OTC. To block accessibility to safe and effective medicine simply due to religious belief is in direct conflict with separation of church and state laws. Those who argue against abortion and birth control should do their research... Into the second half of the 1800s it was common law to allow abortions until the first movements of the fetus. Usually between the 15th & 23rd week of pregnancy. This precedent can be traced back to British common law set in the 1630s. "With consistency, beautiful and undeviating, human life, from its commencement to its close, is protected by the common law. In the contemplation of law, life begins when the infant is first able to stir in the womb. By the law, life is protected not only from immediate destruction, but from every degree of actual violence, and, in some cases, from every degree of danger" -James Wilson 'Of the Natural Rights of Individuals (1790-1792) The idea that abortion and, more broadly, birth control is traditionally amoral and illegal is a fallacy promoted by the religious right. Not until the turn of the 20th century with the rise of evangelism did the topic become a politically divisive issue. In my opinion, the development of birth control has been one of the most if not the most significant emancipatory event for the female gender in the social sphere along with the right to vote and paid maternity leave. The movement to limit female access to birth control is an affront to women's liberties, legal tradition, church & state separation, & the progress of medical science.
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Argument opposed

This bill could lead to contraceptives being more expensive for consumers, because over-the-counter purchases would be exempt from Obamacare’s coverage mandate — which only applies to contraceptives that require a prescription.

Kyle's Opinion
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08/22/2015
First, let me make this clear: I'm totally in support of contraceptives, women's health, and letting women make their own choices about their own bodies. However, as a nursing student we learn that most contraceptive pills contain estrogen or progesterone. Both of these hormones (which occur naturally in your body) can cause huge health risks. The biggest concern is for deep vein thrombosis (DVTs). If a women has an unknown risk for blood clots or is just ignorant of the possible complications, heart attacks, strokes, and pulmonary embolism can result and devastate their live. It's better to see a doctor to make sure that the woman is in appropriate health, even if it's just once a year and the prescription is for refills for that entire year. Better safe than dead.
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Rachel's Opinion
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08/27/2015
There are many different kinds of birth control pills out there and some have some pretty serious side effects and risks. Additionally, some types of birth control are contra-indicated for women with specific health conditions. Consulting a healthcare professional to get the type of birth control that is best for the individual is the responsible thing to do regardless of any insurance factors.
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operaman's Opinion
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08/21/2015
Taking BIrth Control over-the-counter sounds good except for premenstrual girls. Not usually mentioned, or even known, is the metabolism of birth control pills by the liver requires extra amounts of the B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium and zinc. That means if you're taking birth control pills for years at a time, as are most American women, you're creating nutrient deficiencies. Weight gain, fluid retention, mood changes, depression and even heart disease can all arise from nutrient imbalance. Young women feeling "protection" may enter relationships that increase chances of vaginal diseases that can led to infertility. And these extra hormone can cause multiple side effect. Some maybe life threatening. Best to stick with MD prescribing and building good patient/MD relationship.
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    If we can prevent headaches and colds over the counter, we should definitely be able to prevent unexpected children! The cost will not be an issue when store brands become available.
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    First, let me make this clear: I'm totally in support of contraceptives, women's health, and letting women make their own choices about their own bodies. However, as a nursing student we learn that most contraceptive pills contain estrogen or progesterone. Both of these hormones (which occur naturally in your body) can cause huge health risks. The biggest concern is for deep vein thrombosis (DVTs). If a women has an unknown risk for blood clots or is just ignorant of the possible complications, heart attacks, strokes, and pulmonary embolism can result and devastate their live. It's better to see a doctor to make sure that the woman is in appropriate health, even if it's just once a year and the prescription is for refills for that entire year. Better safe than dead.
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    Yes, over 21 with appropriate warnings for complications. Cost would be minimal as these drugs have been available for years. Added benefit: liberals would not be able to defend the need for Planned Parenthood. Yea!
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    As a Christian I believe that every life is valuable and every child is a miracle: a gift from God. But I am a man and who am I to tell a woman what to do with her own body? I cannot produce another human being from my own body and therefore cannot presume to understand the personal burdens that come along with carrying a baby full term and then nurturing that child to adulthood. Especially if I am unmarried and do not have solid economic or social foundation. I believe that those contraceptives that are deemed safe and effective by the FDA should be made available to women OTC. To block accessibility to safe and effective medicine simply due to religious belief is in direct conflict with separation of church and state laws. Those who argue against abortion and birth control should do their research... Into the second half of the 1800s it was common law to allow abortions until the first movements of the fetus. Usually between the 15th & 23rd week of pregnancy. This precedent can be traced back to British common law set in the 1630s. "With consistency, beautiful and undeviating, human life, from its commencement to its close, is protected by the common law. In the contemplation of law, life begins when the infant is first able to stir in the womb. By the law, life is protected not only from immediate destruction, but from every degree of actual violence, and, in some cases, from every degree of danger" -James Wilson 'Of the Natural Rights of Individuals (1790-1792) The idea that abortion and, more broadly, birth control is traditionally amoral and illegal is a fallacy promoted by the religious right. Not until the turn of the 20th century with the rise of evangelism did the topic become a politically divisive issue. In my opinion, the development of birth control has been one of the most if not the most significant emancipatory event for the female gender in the social sphere along with the right to vote and paid maternity leave. The movement to limit female access to birth control is an affront to women's liberties, legal tradition, church & state separation, & the progress of medical science.
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    There are many different kinds of birth control pills out there and some have some pretty serious side effects and risks. Additionally, some types of birth control are contra-indicated for women with specific health conditions. Consulting a healthcare professional to get the type of birth control that is best for the individual is the responsible thing to do regardless of any insurance factors.
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    Taking BIrth Control over-the-counter sounds good except for premenstrual girls. Not usually mentioned, or even known, is the metabolism of birth control pills by the liver requires extra amounts of the B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium and zinc. That means if you're taking birth control pills for years at a time, as are most American women, you're creating nutrient deficiencies. Weight gain, fluid retention, mood changes, depression and even heart disease can all arise from nutrient imbalance. Young women feeling "protection" may enter relationships that increase chances of vaginal diseases that can led to infertility. And these extra hormone can cause multiple side effect. Some maybe life threatening. Best to stick with MD prescribing and building good patient/MD relationship.
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    This is a medication that requires a doctor to monitor. Not only should it not be OTC but can have serious side effects of taken inappropriately. Those with no medical or biochemical backgrounds should not be able to decide for everyone. Everyone wants everything the easiest possible way with no responsibility to themselves.
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    This helps prevent abortions. Contraceptives and their use is the mature thing to do. The cost argument is ridiculous, last I check over the counter meds are all affordable, it is the prescription meds where the price gouging happens as the free market forces cannot apply to controlled medicine.
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    This is overregulation of a safe medication and should take the same path as Claritin.
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    From Bustle: "The full text of the bill has yet to be released, but...critics of the bill believe it will eliminate insurance coverage of the birth control pill...it's often introduced in tandem with a repeal of the ACA and its HHS mandate — and an end to no-copay contraception." It may sound good at first, but this could be bad, real bad.
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    Over the counter birth control is very likely to be significantly more expensive without prescription coverage. I have also seen firsthand that there are a lot of factors that go into choosing the most effective and safest form of birth control for the individual. While I support expanding access to free or affordable contraceptives, I do believe that it is important to keep Doctors involved in educated and making informed recommendations.
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    Horrible idea. You need to speak to a medical professional before you get on birth control. Some people aren't just taking the pill to prevent pregnancy but because of hormonal issues.
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    Conservatives that oppose abortion as well as easy access to contraception need to pick a side. This would make it so much easier to prevent unwanted pregnancies as well as abortions. Let women take agency of their bodies!
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    Yes. Common sense. No reason to require a prescription other than to increase the cost and raise revenue for the doctor visit.
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    More expensive for consumers?! Hmmm... Not quite how free markets work. Making them available to the public would actually drive prices down. Birth control should be available to all adults OTC so long as they have discussed it with their doctor to avoid potential medical issues
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    Somehow or another somebody gets to pay for it. Over the counter just gets rid of the paperwork.
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    And either cheap as hell or free. Everyone should have the right to safe sex, and as a country we will have far less unwanted pregnancies.
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    Making contraceptives more available could cause problems. They have been required to be prescribed by doctors for a reason. If we make them more available we are going to see more people purchasing them over the counter when they are not even necessary for their health or first talking to a doctor about the health risks.
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    Should be OTC, but an OTC product shouldn't get special tax treatment.
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    There is no reason women should need a prescription for contraceptives. It should be a matter of choice. If it would cause problems relating to Obamacare, then fix Obamacare - don't just let it continue in its broken state.
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