(AP) — Women in California can now get birth control directly from a pharmacist without a prescription from their doctor.
A law that allows California pharmacists to directly provide prescription contraceptives went into effect Friday.
The San Jose Mercury News reports the new law gives pharmacists the authority to dispense hormonal contraceptives that women can administer themselves, including transdermal, vaginal, and injection prescription birth control methods.
But it's not a simple over-the counter process.
Women requesting birth control will have to complete a health questionnaire. A pharmacist will also consult with the patient about the most suitable form of birth control. In some cases, they will have to take the woman's blood pressure before issuing a prescription.
Critics say the new law sends the wrong message to teenage girls by allowing them to more easily get contraceptives.