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Posts By: Jen Miller

Over-the-Counter Birth Control Pills and Disability Justice

In March, an over-the-counter birth control pill finally became available in the US. This new advancement will improve access to birth control for marginalized people, including low-income people, people of color, and Disabled people.   Over 100 other countries also offer over-the-counter birth control pills, and this type of pill was approved over 50 years ago, with decades of experience proving its safety and efficacy. So while this may seem like a relatively small advancement in reproductive justice, it is important to celebrate the small wins. In collaboration with URGE (Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity), I wanted to explore the ways the option of an over-the-counter birth control pill can reduce barriers to contraceptive access for Disabled folks.   What is reproductive justice?  The term for the concept of reproductive justice… Read more »

Breaking Down Barriers to Birth Control: Young Peoples’s Fight for Opill and Beyond

March 4, 2024, marked a historic leap forward for reproductive health in the United States.Perrigo’s announcement of Opill, the first over-the-counter (OTC) birth control pill, symbolized a triumph born from decades of advocacy. This victory, however, was not solely a product of institutional change; it was a testament to the relentless dedication of countless advocates, particularly young activists, who championed the cause of reproductive autonomy. An alliance of over 200 reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations, united under acommon vision, has been at the forefront of the battle for birth control access. Their tirelessadvocacy, rooted in the principles of reproductive justice, paved the way for Opill’sgroundbreaking approval by the FDA. Central to this narrative is the indelible mark left by young activists who fervently advocated for Opill’s FDA approval. Through… Read more »