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West Virginia House passes bill to make access to contraception easier

By TAYLOR STUCK

The Herald-Dispatch

Del. Mike Pushkin, D-Kanawha, is pictured during a meeting of the House of Delegates’ Health and Human Resources Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Charleston.
(West Virginia Legislative Photography photo by Perry Bennett)

CHARLESTON — A bill to make it easier for people to access contraception unanimously passed the West Virginia House of Delegates’ Health and Human Resources Committee on Tuesday.

The committee passed a substitute of House Bill 2583, the Family Planning Access Act. The bill authorizes the state health officer to issue a standing order for self-administered contraceptives (the pill, ring or patch) that will allow pharmacists to dispense the drugs up to 12 months after the initial prescription.

This means a person can get birth control without visiting the doctor.

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