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GOP bill would allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control

Posted at 11:28 AM, Aug 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-14 12:28:01-04

MADISON — Wisconsin Republican lawmakers find themselves in an unusual position, advocating for a bill they've introduced that broadens birth control access.

Anti-abortion groups that are typically their allies are firmly against the measure, which would allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control pills. A public hearing on the bill was set for Wednesday in the Assembly Health Committee.

The measure gives Republicans a chance to argue they are advocating for women on the issue of expanding access to birth control, an area where Democrats typically lead.

No Democrat is signed on to the measure, even though they also favor expanding access to birth control. Democrats introduced their own bill that has fewer restrictions on pharmacists. That measure has no Republican co-sponsors and has not been scheduled for a hearing.

Ten other states have laws allowing pharmacists to prescribe birth control.