The Coalition

The Free the Pill coalition (formerly the Oral Contraceptives Over-the-Counter Working Group) is a group of reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations, research and advocacy groups, youth activists, health care providers, prominent medical and health professional associations, and other professionals who share a commitment to ensuring more equitable access to safe, effective, and affordable birth control to people of all ages, backgrounds, and identities in the United States. Coalition members support over-the-counter birth control pills that are affordable, fully covered by insurance, and available to people of all ages in the United States. To express their commitment, coalition members sign on to our statement of purpose.

This is an exciting moment for the coalition as in July 2022, HRA Pharma announced that it has submitted the first-ever application to the FDA to switch Opill, a progestin-only, daily birth control pill from prescription to over-the-counter status. Free the Pill celebrates this important milestone and looks forward to continuing to work with coalition members to ensure that future OTC birth control pills are affordable, fully covered by insurance, and accessible to people of all ages in the United States. Read our official statement on this historic moment and the coalition-driven work that made it possible. 

If you are an organization or a professional with direct work or interest in this issue, join our coalition by signing our statement of purpose.