Should Birth Control be Free in the Valley, Two Doctors Weigh In
POSTED: Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 10:29am
UPDATED: Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 11:15am
The American Colloege of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recently made a controversial recommendation that birth control pills should be available to all women sold over the counter without requiring a doctor's prescription. Acknowledging that many young RGV girls are sexually active some doctors think the pill should not only be available without a prescription, but provided free of charge. Doctors cite at least one national study that claims free bith control would lead to fewer abourtions.
Currently to obtain birth control pills patients need to be at least sixteen years old and obtain a prescription. But Brownsville OBGYN Dr. Alberto Aguayo says access should be unrestricted, and free for the asking.
"specifically, if it's something long term like birth control pills they may take them the first month because it's a free sample, but afterwards we see a lot of patients dropping out because they cannot afford the medication."
Unanswered, of course, is the question of who would pay for those free birth control pills, and many parents, and some doctors insist that a prescription should continue to be required. Reporting from Brownsville, Abigail Camilo, KVEO Newscenter 23.