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UTHSC doctor hopeful over-the-counter birth control will positively impact Shelby County


Federal officials approved the nation’s first over-the-counter birth control pill Thursday morning. The daily birth control pill, Opill, can now be sold legally over the counter at drug stores, allowing women and girls to quickly get birth control without seeing a doctor first. With about half of U.S. pregnancies being unintended, the future looks promising for those interested. Dr. John Schorge, UT Health Science Center Chair of OBGYN, said the decision has been a long time coming. The U.S. is behind multiple countries that have already legalized the over-the-counter drug. 

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