Washington, DC — Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first over-the-counter birth control pill option, Opill, without age restrictions. This announcement marks a major milestone for contraceptive access in the United States by removing a medically unnecessary barrier to access. Polling shows that the vast majority of Americans, 78%, support making access to contraception more easily available.
NARAL Pro-Choice America President Mini Timmaraju released the following statement in response:
“This approval is nothing short of historic. Access to contraception is a fundamental right that gives us the ability to decide whether or when to start or grow a family. Expanding access to it is an essential component of reproductive freedom, especially at a moment when reproductive rights face unprecedented attacks. We’re grateful to the fearless advocates of the Free the Pill Coalition and other partners, who have worked tirelessly for years to make birth control more accessible and this victory possible.”
For over 50 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has fought to protect and advance reproductive freedom at the federal and state levels—including access to abortion care, birth control, pregnancy and post-partum care, and paid family leave—for everybody. NARAL is powered by its 4 million members from every state and congressional district in the country, representing the 8 in 10 Americans who support legal abortion.