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Local group objects to birth control recommendation

CREATED Nov 20, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - A new recommendation by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is drawing criticism. 

The college says birth control pills should be available over the counter, but organizations like the Catholic group Women's Support Centers of Milwaukee disagree. 

"We are against the promotion of birth control pills for women because it is very unhealthy," says Mary Ann Gilpin.

"It has many side effects.  Its main side effects would be breast cancer, ovarian cancer and liver cancer."

Nearly 11 million women in the United State are on the pill.

The FDA would require a study on whether it's safe for over the counter use before a prescription would no longer be required.