Pharmacies In Wales Now Offering Free Morning-After Pill

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The women of Wales — some of whom are (gasp!) under the age of 16 — will now have access to free emergency contraception.

This initiative is fully supported by local ministers who hope it will reduce the rising number of teen pregnancies. But of course, the measure is not without its critics:

They point out women will know that they can easily get hold of the pill within 72 hours of sex, when it is most effective at preventing pregnancy.

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And you know what that means: watch out world, here come the truckloads of girls having unprotected sex solely because they can't wait to get abortions! I hear Marcia in grade nine has already had five of them. She's the coolest, et cetera, et cetera!

No one fears such a reality more than Josephine Quintavalle, founder of campaign group Comment on Reproductive Ethics, who said:

"It's absolutely the wrong way to address the problems of high rates of teenage pregnancy in Wales. The idea that young girls can just walk into a chemist will mean they become even less responsible about sexuality."

Good point, Quintavalle. If these girls are given control of their own bodies via reproductive options, how will they ever learn that casual sex is for men to experience and women to deal with?

The best-case scenario, of course, would be to increase sexual education and focus on promoting the use of protection, but if they're already failing to teach their youth about the importance of these things, shaming young girls into paying for their "casual and irresponsible attitude to sex" is the next best thing.

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Morning-after pill available free in Wales - even to under 16s if 'clinically appropriate' [Daily Mail]

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Luckily, it seems like the anti-birth control campaigners are not given much credit over here. My birth control is free, and my experience with obtaining EC in the UK has been very smooth sailing. The people making the legislation seem to understand that access to birth control is actually pretty important when it comes to preventing unwanted pregnancy - NOT imposing your moral beliefs on others.

I wish we could stop giving these nutjobs the power they have in the US!