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Free condoms from GPs

9th February 2007

Following figures which show a marked increase in post-Christmas abortions, a labour MP has called for condoms to be made freely available in all GP surgeries.

Natascha Engel MP said that there has been a strange anomaly in place since the 1970s whereby all forms of contraceptive are available at doctor’s surgeries apart from condoms. "We all know that condoms don't just stop unwanted pregnancy, but also stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV," she said.  She added that statistics show condoms to be very effective at preventing pregnancies but stressed that the key to the public using them was to ensure they were free of charge.  Recent research from the US revealed that after giving out free condoms for a time, when the same organisation began charging for them their usage dropped dramatically.

Ms Engel’s comments come after sexual health charity Marie Stopes International released figures showing a big increase in post-festive season abortions this year. Compared to January 2006, the organisation's clinics have seen requests for abortions increase by 13%.

 

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