Detroit Evening Report: Michigan pharmacists can now prescribe birth control

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Pharmacists — not just doctors — may soon be able to prescribe birth control pills in Michigan.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs issued a statement Monday that interprets existing health code in a way that allows the change.

Before Roe v Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in June, Governor Gretchen Whitmer asked state agencies to review existing policies for ways to increase access to reproductive healthcare. The new interpretation does not require pharmacists to prescribe birth control if they are unwilling.

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled last week that voters across the state will get to vote in November on whether to enshrine reproductive rights in the state constitution.

An Oakland County judge temporarily banned the enforcement of a 1931 Michigan law that criminalizes abortions except to save the life of a mother.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.