- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Women are closer to getting easier access to birth control under two measures advancing in the Oregon Legislature.

The House voted Tuesday to allow pharmacists to write prescriptions for birth control after women complete a risk-screening questionnaire.

Bend Republican Rep. Knute Buehler, who proposed the measure, says expanding access to birth control could have profound implications on the health and financial security of women. The measure heads to the Senate.

Meanwhile, the Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to require that private insurers pay for up to 12 months of birth control at once. That bill heads to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown.

Advocates say dispensing a full year of birth control can decrease the number of unintended pregnancies while ensuring effective use of the prescription.

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HB 2879 and HB 3343

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