STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — California is set to become one of the first states where women can get birth control from a pharmacist without a prescription with the goal of reducing unwanted pregnancies.
Proponents of the new law say it will give younger women easier access.READ MORE: Opponents Of 17-Ton Marilyn Monroe Statue In Palm Springs Dealt Blow By Judge
But doctors like gynecologist Kathleen Valenton have concerns.
“I think that’s very dangerous,” she said, since pharmacists cannot perform health screenings, including STD checks.READ MORE: Biden Ramps Up Vaccine Push With New Rules For Federal Workers And Call For $100 Payments
“Birth-control pills are not the only way you can prevent pregnancy, and they definitely don’t prevent STDs,” Valenton said.
Under the new rules in California and Oregon, women could consult with their pharmacist, fill out a brief questionnaire then get birth control on the spot.
Though many pharmacists agree that birth control should be taken seriously, they say easier access to contraception will ultimately help women who need or want it.MORE NEWS: Search Underway For Newport Beach Hiker Matt Thoke Missing For 9 Days In Sequoia National Park
Many of the details of the law are still being worked out in Sacramento. It is set to take effect in March.