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FDA Approves First Over-the-Counter Oral Contraceptive

HeadlineJul 14, 2023

The FDA has approved the first over-the-counter birth control pill to be sold in the United States. Opill is expected to be available from brick-and-mortar stores and online early next year. The milestone comes amid the Republican assault on reproductive rights and one year after the Supreme Court reversed the constitutional right to an abortion. The manufacturer, Dublin-based Perrigo, has not specified the price of Opill yet but said it is committed to making it “accessible and affordable” to all.

In other reproductive rights news, abortion providers in Iowa have filed a lawsuit against the state’s recently passed six-week abortion ban. Governor Kim Reynolds is expected to sign the bill into law today.

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