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Morning-After Pill Now Available Free For Under 16s In Wales

01/04/2011 15:29 | Updated 22 May 2015

morning after pillEmergency contraception is now free for under 16s in pharmacies across Wales.

At the moment the morning-after pill is free to women in the UK if prescribed by a GP or family planning clinic. But as of today, community pharmacists in Wales can also give it to under 16s for free, without a prescription.

Ministers say the move is vital in reducing unwanted teenage pregnancy rates in Wales, where some places have the highest number of teenage pregnancies in the UK.

Under the new guidelines under 16s can get the pill for free if the pharmacist decides it's clinically appropriate to dispense it and the girl knows exactly what she is asking for.

The plan has come under criticism for promoting promiscuous sex amongst teenagers. Josephine Quintavalle, founder of Comment on Reproductive Ethics (Core), told the BBC: '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.'

We would love to know what you think about this.

Do you think it's a good move to lower teenage pregnancy rates or will it just make teenagers less responsible?

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