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Nicole Hays commented 2016-07-11 16:26:25 -0400Hi there, my name is Nicole and I am from St. Petersburg, Florida. Today, I sought access to birth control at my local health department, St. Petersburg Department of Health. I perused their website, which lists birth control prescriptions as being on a walk-in basis. I decided to walk there from my house at roughly 3pm on a Monday (website lists hours are until 5pm). I was directed to an admittance window where I asked a woman about getting access to birth control for the first time. She informed me that they had seen their limit for the day, which was ten women. I was confused by this. 10 women only? She informed me that I could come back the following day at 7:30am and wait to be taken care of, but there was no guarantee if there were 10 women before me. I asked to talk to a supervisor. He told me the same thing. I then asked if there was anywhere else I could go for birth control, as I’d be going out of town for three days the following morning and I needed immediate access to birth control. He told me I could try calling the Pinellas Health Department, but there was no guarantee that they could see me due to their daily limit of 10 walk-ins. Why is such a low limit placed on women who, in some cases, need immediate access to birth control? I am baffled and saddened by this. This explains to me why 50% of pregnancies in the US are unplanned. It should be simple and easy for a woman to walk into a clinic and get access to birth control.