The Iowa Senate has passed a bill that would let women skip the requirement of a prescription and be able to buy birth control at the pharmacy counter.
Republican Governor Kim Reynolds expressed support for this concept last fall. And the Senate has now passed it on 42-to-6 vote.
Three first-term senators – all women – urged their colleagues to vote for the bill. Republican Senator Carrie Koelker of Dyersville was one of them.
One Senator who is a retired pharmacist says Iowa pharmacists have had six years of intense training about proper dosage levels and will recommend a woman seek a doctor’s advice if there are any concerns.
First-term Republican Senator Mariannette Miller-Meeks, a former nurse and the former director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, guided the bill through the Senate. She urged her colleagues to trust women to make this decision.
The bill now goes to the Republican-led House for consideration.
story courtesy of Radio Iowa