Tennessee can make strides on domestic violence

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This year our General Assembly has a chance to take a major step forward in protecting victims of domestic violence from repeated abuse. Protecting victims is just one part of ending domestic violence, but an important part. Domestic violence is a scourge in our community. On average, every 20 minutes, an act of domestic violence occurs in Davidson County, and … Read More

Tenn. GOP State Sen.’s Bill Would Let Women Buy Birth Control Without Doctor Visit

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Last week, Tenn. Republican State Senator Dr. Steven Dickerson of District 20 in Nashville introduced Senate Bill 1677, a proposal aimed at allowing women to purchase birth control directly from pharmacists without first obtaining a doctor’s prescription. Dr. Dickerson, an anesthesiologist, wrote in an op-ed in The Tennessean, “By some accounts, almost half of pregnancies are either unintentional or ‘mistimed.’ … Read More

Tennessee opioid abuse reduction group recommends more state action

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Tennessee’s Opioid Abuse Reduction Act working group thinks Tennessee should do more to fight its painkiller epidemic and reduce the number of overdose deaths. Lawmakers created the group last year. The state recently released a 265-page report, which includes four recommendations. “I think we’ve made great progress, but it’s such a huge thing,” Frontier Health … Read More

Bill would allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control

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Two state senators are working on separate versions of legislation that seek to accomplish the same thing: giving adult women in Tennessee easier access to birth control. The legislation would allow women 18 or older to obtain contraceptives from pharmacists in addition to physicians, who currently write prescriptions for birth control. The contraception bill is coming from two lawmakers on opposite sides of … Read More

Tennessee Senator wants to make birth control over-the-counter

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There’s a push to get over-the-counter birth control in the state of Tennessee. Tennessee Senator Steve Dickerson, who is also a medical doctor, is working on a bill to make birth control more accessible to patients. They would still have to see a pharmacist to get the medication, but they wouldn’t need a prescription. “It’s going to be a real … Read More

The Pill Without A Prescription? Tennessee Lawmakers Work On Proposals

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A Nashville lawmaker proposes making birth control pills available over the counter, an idea that could make Tennessee the third state to allow women to buy oral contraceptives without a prescription. Republican State Sen. Steve Dickerson says he will soon introduce a bill that would require a woman only to talk to a pharmacist before buying an oral contraceptive. That would … Read More

Senator wants Tennessee to have over-the-counter birth control – WKRN

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http://wkrn.com/2016/01/12/tenn-senator-wants-state-to-have-over-the-counter-birth-control/ NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Over-the-counter birth control doesn’t exist in Tennessee yet, but it’s already law in Oregon and California. However, one of the people who helps make Tennessee’s laws wants our state to be next. “This is as close to an official announcement as there is,” Senator Steve Dickerson told News 2. Dickerson wants to make birth control … Read More

Senator wants Tennessee to have over-the-counter birth control

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Over-the-counter birth control doesn’t exist in Tennessee yet, but it’s already law in Oregon and California. However, one of the people who helps make Tennessee’s laws wants our state to be next. “This is as close to an official announcement as there is,” Senator Steve Dickerson told News 2. Dickerson wants to make birth control more … Read More

Nashville high school voter-registration drive eyes record

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Allison Halbrook has set the path for what Nashville officeholders hope will be a historic year in getting high school students registered to vote. As Hume-Fogg High School’s Advanced Placement U.S. government teacher, Halbrook has the unique position of having all seniors as students. So this week, she made sure that each and every voter-eligible senior registered. Her next goal: … Read More