Pharmacists in New Mexico are now authorized to prescribe hormonal birth control.

The New Mexico Board of Pharmacy now allows pharmacists to write prescriptions for hormonal contraceptives, eliminating the need for New Mexico women seeking birth control to see a Doctor.  According to

Reports say the move is in response to the shortage of primary care doctors, gynecologists and obstetricians in the state, especially in rural areas. Officials say this has led to higher rates of unintended pregnancies in New Mexico. The executive director of the New Mexico Pharmacists Association says a training program for the professionals has begun accepting students. Pharmacists prescribing birth control will need to access the patient's needs and take their blood pressure. - KVIA

A recent study shows that "abstinence only" sex education policies have led to high teen pregnancy rates in Texas.

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