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May 29, 2024 4:53 am

One year after FDA approves over-the-counter birth control pill, advocates push for more access

It’s been one year since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first over-the-counter birth control pill, Opill, and less than two months since it hit store shelves. Advocates celebrate its availability, but say access is still lacking in terms of cost barriers and insurance coverage.

Religious views on abortion more diverse than they may appear in U.S. political debate

According to a Public Religion Research Institute survey of some 22,000 U.S. adults released last week, 93% of Unitarian Universalists, 81% of Jews, 79% of Buddhists, and 60% of Muslims also hold that view. Researchers also found that most people who adhere to the two major branches of Christianity — Catholicism and Protestantism — also believe abortion should be mostly legal, save for three groups: white evangelical Protestants, Latter-day Saints and Jehovah’s Witnesses.