Birth control pill are safe to sell over the counter, like condoms, according to the influential American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
The surprise announcement will lend support to women's health groups who've been campaigning for over-the-counter birth control. But it's unlikely to happen any time soon, because any company that wants to sell pills direct to consumers would have to get FDA approval first - and as we know, the FDA wheels turn slowly.
ACOG made the announcement in the hope of expanding access to the contraceptive pill. Birth control pill use will likely increase if they're sold over the counter, CNN predicts. Sales of "Plan B" emergency contraception went up after it was made available to buy over the counter.
But some women won't be able to afford to pay for the pills themselves, and it's not clear how they'd be covered under Obamacare, which requires workplace health plans to pay for women's birth control as "preventive care."
Via Slate, the AP, and CNN.