Planned Parenthood opposes making some forms of routine birth controls available over-the-counter. For an organization that claims to be dedicated to reproductive health and access to such services, this stance on the deregulation of common, safe, and effective contraceptives seems illogical. It is.
Over-the-counter birth control would offer new options to women. Consumers would be able to see on the shelf the different products that are available, compare prices, and ultimately select the option that provides them with the best value, just as they choose products in other markets. Providers would truly have to compete for women’s business, which would lead to lower prices, more innovation, and better products. What’s not to like?