SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – To help make birth control more easily accessible, state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, has introduced legislation to allow pharmacists to dispense hormonal birth control pills, rings and patches.
“It is a woman’s right to have easy access to birth control. Giving pharmacists the authority to dispense birth control under a standing order would give women that may not be able to visit a doctor easier access to contraception,” said Mussman.
Mussman’s House Bill 274 would expand a pharmacist’s scope of practice to include dispensing oral hormonal contraceptives, rings and patches.
“There are a wide variety of reasons that some women may not be able to visit the doctor regularly, such as family commitments, work, or even lack of transportation,” continued Mussman. “I believe that it is important to ensure that all women in our state have easy access to contraception.”