A company that delivers birth control to your doorstep is angering pro-life activists as it looks to expand nationwide.
Dubbed the “Uber of birth control,” Nurx is a Silicon Valley start-up which offers females over the age of 12 access to contraceptives, Plan B and anti-HIV medication directly to residences in 15 states plus Washington, DC, including Missouri, North Carolina, and Texas.
With a touch of a smartphone, Nurx will ship the medication directly to a patient’s home or local pharmacy afterthree simple steps: fill out a medical questionnaire, provide your basic demographic information, and then choose a preferred drug. A doctor then reviews the information and writes a prescription, entirely sidestepping the need for the traditional doctor’s visit.
“For many women, safe and timely access to birth control is their most important healthcare need,” Nurx says on its website. “We want to challenge the status quo, break down unnecessary barriers and give women more control over their own health.”
Conservative lawmakers are against the app’s premise as they liken the morning after pill to the abortion pill RU 486, despite the fact U.S. Food & Drug Administration classifies Plan B as emergency contraception.
John Seago, the legislative director for Texas Right for Life, is also one of those believers and told Stat News he believes life begins at fertilization.
“That’s the point where we have an individual, and morally that’s who we want to protect,” he said.