(06/12/2019)
Women in West Virginia will be able to get birth control over the counter.

House Bill 2583 passed and went into effect in West Virginia last week. The bill is referred to as the 'Family Planning Access Act.'

With this bill, women will be able to have access to birth control without seeing a gynecologist. Instead, they will be able to go straight to a pharmacist.

Del. Jordan Hill, D-Nicholas, was the lead sponsor of this bill. He says he's hoping this reduces the amount of abortions in the state, as well as the number of children who end up in the state foster care system.

"I think it is critical for women to get regular check-ups and exams, but sometimes it requires months of waiting to get in to even see a gynecologist and women shouldn't have to wait months to take care of their reproductive health," Hill said.

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