Let’s say you’re a woman who wants to take some birth control pills. You are sexually active and want to fuck people, but want to do whatever you can to avoid getting pregnant before you’re ready for children. How do you get that birth control? Well, you can’t just walk into a pharmacy and pick up some pills. Nope, you have to go to a doctor who then writes you a prescription. That’s the only way.
Well, what if you don’t have a doctor? Or don’t have insurance? No birth control for you! Even though birth control pills have been proven to be safe over decades of use by millions of women across the world, you still have to get a prescription to get them. It’s fucking stupid.
But Colorado and Illinois have just made sweeping changes that will, hopefully, set the bar for the rest of the nation. Colorado just passed legislation that will allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control to customers; all you’ll have to do is walk to the pharmacist window of your local drug store, say you want some birth control, and they’ll give you some, assuming you don’t present any health issues that will cause complications. Just like that. The changes will take effect in April at the latest.
And in Illinois, a new app has just launched called Nurx that enables women to get birth control mailed to them without a prescription for free. Seriously! You fill out a questionnaire in the app, put in your insurance credentials, and poof: birth control shows up at your door a few days later. No insurance? No big deal, you just pay for the pills which can be as low as $15.00 a month. No doctors, no pharmacy, just birth control.
This is good fucking news, people. This is the kind of stuff that makes me feel happy!