Take Action

Join the movement of young people working to protect our health and lives

Action Center

Take action to help ensure young people's health and rights.


Donate now

Support youth activists working for reproductive and sexual health and rights.


Sign up

Get text and email updates


#FreeThePill Youth Council

Check out our #FreeThePill Action Center here!


The #FreeThePill Youth Council is a collaboration between Advocates for Youth and Ibis Reproductive Health and is made up of youth activists from across the country who are working in their communities to bring birth control over-the-counter, covered by insurance with no age-restriction.


In 2023, we won! But there is so much more to be done! Check out our action center here to learn more.

We know birth control pills prevent countless unplanned pregnancies a year, but only if you have the means, insurance, and time to get a prescription at the doctor first. For young people, especially low-income and marginalized youth, the obstacles to gaining and filling a prescription for birth control can be insurmountable. 

Young people shouldn’t have to jump through unnecessary hoops to gain access to the contraceptive care they need. Like condoms and emergency contraception — we fought to make daily birth control pills available over-the-counter in the U.S. just like it is in over 100 countries around the world. Thanks to our efforts and 20 years of advocacy by the Reproductive Justice movement, Opill is now available on store shelves and online.  

The next step in our campaign is to win insurance coverage of over-the-counter birth control, expand the availability of Opill’s consumer assistance program so those without insurance or facing finan cial barriers can access it, and ensure Opill is available in as many places as possible without barriers. Check out our #FreeThePill Action Center for more

Q: How would a pill move over-the-counter?

A: For a pill to go over the counter in the United States, a drug company will have to submit an application to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It will probably take 3-4 years from the time a drug company begins an application process until a successful pill is available on the shelf.

Q: What do medical professionals think about over-the-counter birth control?

A: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), reviewed much of the published evidence documenting the safety and effectiveness of over-the-counter access to the pill, and after weighing the risks and benefits, concluded that it should be available over the counter in the US. In addition, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) supports over-the-counter access to oral contraception without a prescription. The American Medical Association has also recommended that manufacturers of oral contraceptives submit the required application and supporting evidence to the US Food and Drug Administration for consideration for a switch from prescription to over-the-counter status.

Q: Will this make BC more expensive for young people who previously had it covered by insurance?

A: Cost is one of the most important barriers to care for young people, which is why we are supporting both state and federal legislation to expand insurance coverage to over-the-counter methods, even without a prescription. Some states have already enacted such legislation, and there is currently a bill introduced in both houses of Congress that would expand these protections at the federal level.

Q: Should teens be able to get on medication that has side effects without their parents knowledge?

A: Teens are already capable of managing over-the-counter medications, regardless of their parents’ involvement. The available information suggests that people of all ages are able to self-screen for side effects and contraindications when it comes to oral contraception.

Next Campaign

Abortion Out Loud

Sign up for Updates