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Over the Counter 29 June 2022: OTC Birth Control In The Wake Of The US Supreme Court Decision With Victoria Nichols

Executive Summary

In this episode, HBW Insight speaks to Victoria Nichols, project director of Free the Pill, a campaign supporting increased OTC oral contraceptive access in the US. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on 24 June, Nichols discusses the importance of advocating for OTC birth control, the limited availability of OTC oral contraceptives in the US, and the current legislation being introduced that would help ensure OTC birth control is covered by insurance. 

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