Empowering Women: A Feminist Argument for Over-the-Counter Sale of Oral Contraceptives

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Empowering Women: A Feminist Argument for Over-the-Counter Sale of Oral Contraceptives

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dc.contributor.advisor Hutt, Peter Barton en_US
dc.contributor.author Prieto-Gonzalez, Mayelin en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-07T20:10:21Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Empowering Women: A Feminist Argument for Over-the-Counter Sale of Oral Contraceptives (2005 Third Year Paper) en
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:8852113
dc.description.abstract The oral contraceptive pill, having been on the market for 45 years, should be sold over-the-counter. There is no longer any valid reason for FDA to maintain the prescription status of the drug. First, numerous studies over the past few decades have shown that the pill is safe for the vast majority of women, with current risk to users estimated to be less than the risks associated with pregnancy. In addition, the pill is effective and easy to use. Studies have shown that the pill also confers numerous health benefits in addition to its contraceptive indication, including reduction of risk of developing several forms of cancer. When a cost-benefit analysis is undertaken, it is clear that an over-the-counter contraceptive pill provides more benefits than costs to society. Aside from these traditional arguments, it can also be argued that providing women with greater access to the over-the-counter pill will empower women to take control over reproduction to a greater extent than is currently possible, and will thereby decreases the power differential in male-female sexual relationships. This approach would also end the discriminatory and patronizing practice of conditioning receipt of birth control on annual medical exams. The FDA or other government agencies should implement policies to ensure equal access to the over-the-counter pill and to ensure that the pill remains safe and effective for women. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dash.license LAA en_US
dc.subject Food and Drug Law en
dc.subject birth control en
dc.title Empowering Women: A Feminist Argument for Over-the-Counter Sale of Oral Contraceptives en
dc.type Paper (for course/seminar/workshop) en_US
dc.date.available 2012-06-07T20:10:21Z

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