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Law Allows Women to Obtain Birth Control Without Prescription, But Few Pharmacies Offer Service
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It’s been more than 18 months since California’s governor signed a law allowing pharmacists to distribute birth control without a prescription.

Now, legally, women can simply walk into their local pharmacy and pick up contraceptive pills, the patch or the ring — much like getting a flu shot or buying over-the-counter medication.

But good luck finding a pharmacy that will actually do it.

Calls to eight pharmacies around the Bay Area, including both large corporate locations and smaller independent stores, yielded no pharmacies delivering these services. Most pharmacists said they still needed to undergo the state-mandated training and that their stores were in the process of figuring out what the service would look like.