The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists just declared that birth control pills should be sold over the counter:
According to the obstetricians and gynecologists, one major reason women at risk for unintended pregnancies don’t use birth control is that they don’t have regular access to a doctor, either for practical reasons or because they are uninsured. And in a 2004 telephone survey conducted by an Oakland based nonprofit, 47% of the uninsured women who currently do not use birth control say they would use it if it were available over the counter, like Tylenol or Benadryl. Another recent survey, conducted by public health experts in Texas, found that 60% of women not on birth control pills would use it if they could buy it without a prescription. Such statistics, they argue, make plain the need to increase access.
I wonder how the bishops’ freedom to roam around in women’s uteri is impinged by this, because Jesus clearly stated that all oral contraception must be dispensed by a pharmacist (1 Gal:23).