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State Policy

We work to identify and promote state policy options that will increase information about and access to contraception so that more young people have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child. This section contains background information on emerging state policy trends aimed at reducing unplanned pregnancy.

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Fact Sheet
Currently, 18 states (including DC) have enacted policies to allow pharmacists to prescribe and dispense self-administered hormonal methods.
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Oregon is one of 18 states to allow pharmacists to prescribe self-administered hormonal birth control.
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As of December 2020, 34 states have been impacted by the gag rule.
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Check out this infographic on the importance of having access to the full range of contraceptive methods.
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Alarming numbers of health centers are impacted and people most in need are paying the price.
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The policies detailed in this fact sheet help expand access to and information about contraception, but none of them alone is a panacea.
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Are you a policymaker, public health official, or advocate? Are you interested in learning how to help advance contraceptive access in your state? Our new toolkit has fact sheets, maps, research articles, videos, and other resources to help. 

Are you interested in changes in the national teen birth rate? Do you want to know where your state stands compared to its neighbors? Our national and state data pages have all the latest data on this and more. 

Check out our resources on federal funding for evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention education, contraceptive access, and related issues, such as poverty and education.