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Hawaii birth control bill would simplify access for women

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HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii bill that would no longer require women to make a trip to the doctor's office to receive birth control has gained approval in the House and Senate.

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports the bill gained approval Tuesday and will now go to the full House and Senate for floor votes.

Woman would be able to obtain birth control directly from pharmacists after filling out a risk-assessment survey if the bill is passed.

The measure aims to increase access to birth control, particularly in areas where there is a shortage of health care providers, and reduce unintended pregnancies.

Another bill that gained approval and is waiting for votes would limit pain pills to seven-day prescriptions except for select patients.

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