What is the future of birth control in America?

The FDA considers over-the-counter contraceptives. There is opposition.

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Over-the-counter birth control may soon be available for the first time in the United States. A Food and Drug Administration panel this week will consider a request from a French company to let pharmacies distribute Opill without a prescription, The Washington Post reports. Maybe that shouldn't be so revolutionary: More than 100 countries already allow over-the-counter purchases of contraceptive medicine.

But the Opill application arises nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, upending reproductive rights. Some observers believe that anti-abortion conservatives will also try to narrow access to birth control. Indeed, ABC News reports that several Catholic groups — including the U.S. Conference of Bishops — are arguing against over-the-counter access to contraceptives, arguing that teens shouldn't be able to obtain the pills without parental notification or health provider supervision. "The results could be catastrophic," the groups said in a written objection to the FDA proposal. Other anti-abortion groups are declining to weigh in.

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