Morning-after pill offered free6th December 2011
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service has launched a campaign to ensure women have access to emergency contraception over the festive season.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service wants to address the increased amount of unplanned pregnancies that occur over the Christmas and New Year.
The charity is giving women the option of receiving the morning-after pill by post if they fill out an internet form and talk to a nurse on the telephone.
Tracey Forsyth, one of the contraceptive specialist nurses working at BPAS, told the BBC: "We know that women often do not take the morning-after pill after unprotected sex."
"Having it at home means you are much more likely to take it as soon as you need it. Sometimes women worry that requesting the pill in advance makes it look like you are planning on taking chances."
"In fact the opposite is true - making sure you have a back-up to help prevent an unwanted pregnancy is making sure nothing is left to chance."
However, the charity's plans have been criticised by anti-abortion group Life, which said there was no proof to show that taking the morning-after pill decreased unwanted pregnancy rates.
A spokesman said: "In fact, if a woman has the morning-after pill at home 'just in case' she may be more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour than she would normally - particularly over the festive period with the associated increase in alcohol consumption.
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Title: Morning-after pill offered free
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 20514
Date Added: 6th Dec 2011