Illinois Approves Over-the-Counter Birth Control

Last week, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a law that allows pharmacists to approve up to a year’s worth of hormonal birth control without a doctor’s prescription. The legislation, House Bill 0135, only requires that patients—people who walk into the drugstore—complete a self-screening assessment and undergo a brief consultation. The pharmacist would then provide patients with “counseling and education about all methods of contraception … and their proper use and effectiveness.” Et voilà! Twelve months of birth control. Source: Illinois Approves Over-the-Counter Birth Control