OTC Birth Control Won’t Help Women If They Don’t Get Better Information


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There’s a scene in a classic 1980s brat pack movie called “Sixteen Candles” where two teens are careening along in a car. Haviland Morris plays Caroline. She leans over to Anthony Michael Hall (the aptly named Geek) and feeds him a birth control pill, laughing drunkenly as he spits it out.

“Do you have any idea what that could do to a guy my age?” he asks. She replies, “I know what it can do to a girl my age. It makes it okay to be really, super careless.” This is what the pill looked like to my young mind. It gave youthful folly a consequences-free pass. The reality was much different, and more personally altering than I ever could have expected.

A recent tweet from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez read “Psst! Birth control should be over-the-counter, pass it on.” The idea is that hormonal birth control pills are such a basic aspect of women’s health care that they should be

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