SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — Women in California can now get birth control directly from a pharmacist without a prescription from their doctor.
A law that allows California pharmacists to directly provide prescription contraceptives went into effect Friday.READ MORE: San Jose Congregation Holds Fast Following Racist Easter Zoom-Bombing
The new law gives pharmacists the authority to dispense hormonal contraceptives that women can administer themselves, including transdermal, vaginal, and injection prescription birth control methods.
But it’s not a simple over-the counter process.READ MORE: Hero Police Dog Saves Fresno Officer's Life Despite Being Stabbed 6 Times
Women requesting birth control will have to complete a health questionnaire. A pharmacist will also consult with the patient about the most suitable form of birth control. In some cases, they will have to take the woman’s blood pressure before issuing a prescription.
California is the third state to eliminate the need for a prescription. Oregon made the change in January, and Washington has had a similar law on the books for more than 30 years. Hawaii, New Mexico and Alaska are expected to follow suit.
Critics say the new law sends the wrong message to teenage girls by allowing them to more easily get contraceptives.MORE NEWS: Brother Joins Public Outcry Calling For Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli To Step Down
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