House Debate on HB-274, Regarding Birth Control for Young Women

State Capitol (April 27, 2018) Rep Michele Mussman (D) on April 27 sponsored HB-274, which sought to have Pharmacists allowed to fill birth control for young women who may not have been seen first by a doctor. Some in the House argued that this could endanger the health of women on birth control medication, who may suffer from high blood pressure. Other concerns were on whether this opened a door for removing doctors from the process of guarding the health of their patients.

Rep Mussman and others who supported the bill, argued that this was necessary to facilitate the need for young women to be protected from those doctors that may be in opposition to giving our birth control to young women, or who face other possible challenges in getting birth control.