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Don't Let Pharmacies Refuse to Fill Birth Control Prescriptions

Every day, some pharmacists lecture women for taking birth control or refuse to fill their prescriptions. Help stop this ridiculous practice.

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Supreme Court Cases on Birth-Control Coverage

Bosses at Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, two for-profit companies, oppose birth control and didn't want their health plan to cover it. Their suit went all the way to the Supreme Court, and, unfortunately, they won. Learn More »

Stories

Rebecca, 23,

At age 22, I was diagnosed with endometriosis. If I were no longer able to obtain birth control, I don’t know what I would do to control my symptoms.

Laura, 19

I was 18 when I found out. I consistently used condoms with my boyfriend at the time, and less than a year out of high school, I was panicked.

Getting a birth-control prescription filled should be easy. You take your prescription to a pharmacy and leave with the medication that your doctor prescribed. But what would you do if your pharmacist made you feel ashamed for using birth control and refused to give it to you?

Women should be able to get their birth-control prescriptions at any pharmacy. But the fact is many women are turned away at the pharmacy counter.

The Challenge

It may surprise you to learn that many states let pharmacies refuse to fill a birth-control prescription. It's not just inconvenient for a woman to be denied her birth-control prescription, it can be dangerous to her health. Women should not fear getting a lecture or being humiliated at the pharmacy counter.

Our Solution

We can call on all lawmakers to fix this problem:

  • States can pass laws that guarantee that women can get their birth-control prescription filled at any pharmacy.
  • Better yet, Congress could enact a law that would put an end to denials and delays at pharmacy counters in all 50 states.


Laws About Access at Pharmacies

Summary of State and Federal Laws

Guaranteed Access to Prescriptions

7 states guarantee that women’s birth-control prescriptions will be filled: CA, IL, ME, NV, NJ, WA, WI.

  • 2 states also require pharmacies to dispense over-the-counter emergency contraception: IL, WA.



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