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    Exactly what I was going to say. I knew a young woman who died of a blood clot due to birth control pills when she was just 27 years old. If there isn't some form of prescreening available, the manufacturers will be blamed and sued.
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    @Realthinker
    Well i do beleive they should be available, i just want paitent education. Smoking (tobacco) and the pill greatly increase blood clot risk. Perhaps avalable at a pharmacy over the counter after receiving certification you have taken a class on safety, side effects and use. I am all for giving the women choice, but don't want to see a situation where there indiviual health and safety gets short shrift in an effort to acheive a public health goal of reducing teen pregnancy...
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    @Elliotsreport I agree safe effective birth control will help reduce the number of abortions. There will be many who ignore the warnings regarding the pill. I've been there. I confess to smoking through a number of years while taking the pill. So did three of my daughters. This in spite of what we had witnessed. As usual, while trying to solve one problem, we will be opening a can of unintended consequences. I don't have the answer to this.
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    @Realthinker
    The only answer is education, in the end we have to respect the person has a right to do what they please, but at least you knew the risk. My fear is with over the counter sales people will not even have this minimal education...
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    @Realthinker Tylenol, Advil and other OTC painkillers have caused serious issues in the past and continue to. You can't legislate stupidity. People will find ways to abuse things, we shouldn't have to have the Government watch over them any more than it should anyone else.
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    And again I catch myself agreeing with ya DARSB... Very seldom... Might I add that if they were sold over the counter, then that would cut out the chance of public funding! But, then again I'm already contidicting myself with the thought of the government making it legal to some how purchase these "over the counter" contraceptives with EBT cards or some type of waiver... Mmmm... I guess that's what I get from being a "realist"...
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    Yes, and where there's a will, there's a way...for centuries woman have over-come and "sacrificed" a whole ten
    dollars. If I couldn't afford ten bucks, I'd have to change my priorities and instead of having sex, I'd get a job, or
    at least a lover who can afford a condom!
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    Should have read "for centuries woman have not needed government assistance and managed their own ways of
    birth control and 'sacrificed''...now, who can't afford ten bucks?! Sell them OTC. who cares?
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    Promiscuous behavior is spinning out of control. Oh how I long for a simpler time when people weren't so cynical and in such a rush to engage in activities that they are not prepared to deal with the consequences of.
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    Are you saying over the counter BCPs will increase promiscuous behavior (and this is an argument against)? You might have point - I know I can't chew enough rusty nails ever since I had that tetanus shot.:-)
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    @DARSB - I think I was clear in saying that I long for a time when people weren't in a rush to engage in activities that they are not prepared to deal withe consequences of. This world is moving so fast. It's sad to see a young woman become a mother at age 16, even sadder to see that same woman become a grandmother at 32. So many lives have been ruined, generation after generation. That's all I'm saying. I said nothing about birth control pills and what they would or wouldn't do.
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    @Neo_NtheMatrix
    You actually were not very clear, and on that limited point re: the tragedy of a 16 yr old becoming a mother, grandmother @ 32, on that we agree, but as long as 16 yr olds have sex that will happen if they don't use contraception, and regardless of what anyone thinks or feels, 16 yr olds will continue to have sex...sadly not as much in my day as now :)
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    The risks of BC are minimal compared to the cost of keeping them from being sold OTC. Less abortion, less welfare, less dead beat dads, less violence on unwanted kids. I say HELL YES!!!
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    @Jasonopolis that too but the horror for me is reading about kids who are abused by parents who are simply too young to be parents.
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    @jessejaymes No, I am saying don't call them "unwanted kids". Call it unplanned pregnancies, or something. Once a child is born society should rally to make sure he/she is not unwanted.(sure a far cry, but a hope)
    I understand what you are saying though....
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    Keep preaching Abstinence because it works so well. Hence the states that preach Abstinence have the highest teen pregnancy rates.
    No! Surely that's a coincidence, or a made up number from the Liberal media!!
    http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles...
    http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/04/10/46...
    http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-04-10/ne...
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/27/feat...

    Abstinence doesn't work. That's fact. There are more than enough studies to show that its a bunch of bullsh%t. So wake up! Stop preaching BS at our kids and tell them what you would like them to do. And then give them a backup plan, because they are kids and won't listen to you.
    Time for the a55hats of American to realize their Utopia doesn't f#$%%ing exist.
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    You know I am more conservative than you. I am against surgical abortion as nothing more than birth control. But it will exist in some for regardless of what laws might be put in place, so I advocate for the morning after pill, FREE birth control. My god how much would we save from Welfare, food stamps, medicaid, courts, prisons, cops. The savings are endless. And yet, here we go again. The religious right doesn't want birth control because it cut into their collection plate. But they don't give a damn what that selfishness costs society.
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    @jessejaymes "You know I am more conservative than you. I am against surgical abortion as nothing more than birth control."
    How I feel on that subject is irrelevant. I don't think the Federal Government should legislate it. That's all.
    I think people wouldn't get so worked up about it if it weren't an issue. And it wouldn't be if things like this would go through. We both win.
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    @Fishbone345 That was my point fishbone. I don't like it but people did it before Roe V Wade and they'll do it no matter what. Rather than try to legislate morality (which never works) why not provide simpler alternatives is all I'm saying.
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    @jessejaymes Exactly. The reasons for getting there are moot. The end result is a good one.
    Now if only other issues were this easy. ;)
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    Guess ACOG is okay then with older women or smokers DYING from buying the pill OTC? Because for some, the estrogen/progesterone combined pills can be a deadly drug! Horrible idea!!!
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    I think this is one of the best ideas for contraception. Why not? And for those who argue that you can have a bad reaction, you can have a bad reaction from *any* medication you take. A girl from my high school died from taking Advil.

    There's no reason, in a country as supposedly advanced as ours, that we don't have readily accessible and affordable birth control. It's not a luxury, it's a necessity!
  • #228
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    By no means. I heard a wonderful hymn of England "Jerusalem Hymn" which I feel is great to sing during the days of Tyranny that is now taking place for in America and four more years of the Communism. No to Birth Control! God Save the United States and England!
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    When I worked in OB/Gyn, I was a member of ACOG. They are a very cautious and conservative organization, so for them to make this recommendation is significant. There is NO REASON to make family planning difficult or impossible. Control of a woman's uterus resides with the woman and NO ONE ELSE!!!
  • #205
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    No they shouldn't! Birth control pills can have serious to deadly side effects, and prescriptions need to be managed by someone. You can go to the health department for affordable gyn care, as well as birth control. I'm normally all for taking power from drug companies, but in the case of birth control pills, things really should remain status quo.
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    Well I ain't no doctor but isn't there many different kinds of pills. Maybe a woman might need a certain kind, that requires a prescription. If she can get them over the counter then she wouldn't go to doctor and not know about the prescription.
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    It's kind of a no-brainer really...
    "The real worry is the number of humans now alive, and how many more of them there'll be. That might sound mundane, but the effects will be on par with the Plagues of Egypt, according to renowned investor Jeremy Grantham of GMO."
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  • #134
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    No, because of the problems some women or girls can have with particular birth control products. If a woman or girl can purchase birth control pills without first seeing a doctor there will be many problems arise and they could have long range effects. I personally feel that a woman should be able to use birth control if she wants to, but she should have to pay for it herself.
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    As much as I believe there should be easy access to bc, the risks associated with the pill require medical oversight. But I think a nurse or pharmacist would be able to do spot-checks to follow blood pressure and other side-effects, which should satisfy the insurance aspects.
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