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Doctors at the American Medical Association are pushing the FDA to allow women to take birth control pills without a prescription.
The AMA, the nation’s largest medical association, made the call at its annual meeting, which ended Friday. Women should be able to use birth control without a prescription, the group says, as the Supreme Court appears likely to overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
“From a public health perspective, it is easy to provide patients with over-the-counter contraceptives because the health risks of pregnancy far outweigh the risks of using oral contraceptives,” wrote WADA board member David H. Aizuss, MD, PhD. in a public statement. .
“Visit is one of the most frequently cited reasons patients do not use birth control pills, use inconsistently, or discontinue use. Expanding over-the-counter use will make oral contraceptive use more accessible to patients, which will reduce the number of unintended pregnancies,” he continued .
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The AMA did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.
The Supreme Court is expected to overturn the ruling in Roe v. Wade. A draft majority opinion of Justice Samuel Alito overturning the decision was leaked to the media last month.
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The almost unprecedented leak sparked a political storm that saw multiple anti-life groups attacked across the country. A man also tried to murder Judge Brett Kavanaugh last week but was arrested near the judge’s home.
The court will be in Dobbs v. Jackson, Tuesday or Thursday.