There’s a very important and timely discussion going down about birth control on all major social media sites. People have been using the #FreeThePill hashtag recently in order to argue that the pill should be available to everyone, without a prescription.
Nonprofit Ibis Reproductive Health started off the initiative, and they kicked off the hashtag on May 9 – almost 60 years since the FDA approved the birth control pill.
This is what they tweeted:
NARAL Pro-Choice America jumped into the discussion too, and they added that women are burdened with financial responsibilities when it comes to taking birth control. They have to go to the doctor’s, pay for transportation, and take time off work to go see the doctor, just to prescribe them the birth control that should be available without a prescription.
There are even more arguments for why birth control shouldn’t require a prescription. For example, one person pointed out that people who are ‘very concerned about women getting abortions’ should also support the #FreeThePill movement, because it would mean safe intercourse and accessible birth control.
And yet another good reason why should the pill be available without a prescription is that many women need them for debilitating cramps and other health concerns, and they also deserve easily accessible treatment.