03/11/19 -- HCS HB 487 -- Allow prescriptions for oral contraceptives to have an indefinite expiration
HCS HB 487, introduced by Representative Sheila Solon (Republican - District 9) would allow women over the age of 18 to acquire a prescription for oral contraception that would not have an expiration date. This will allow pharmacists to dispense such contraceptives without requiring the patient to go back to their primary care physician to periodically renew the prescription.
This was a controversial bill, however I did support it. I recognize that it is medically wise for women who are on birth control pills to periodically visit with their doctors. But I do not believe it is proper for government to mandate such visits. These products are generally considered safe, and while side effects and other unintended issues can certainly result, the danger is not overwhelming enough to justify government intervention. A certain amount of personal responsibility is required in all healthcare decisions, and this issue is no different.
Furthermore, expanding access to contraceptives is very likely to result in fewer unintended pregnancies, and accordingly fewer abortions. If we can use free market principles to help reduce abortions, I am all for it.
This bill did pass. You can view the full roll call vote here.