Morning-After Pill Now Widely Available to Children in Pharmacies
Girls under the age of consent will now be able to buy the morning-after pill in pharmacies across the U.K.
The drug, which can cause an early-stage abortion, had previously only been available in certain pharmacies to girls over the age of 16.
Norman Wells, Director of the Family Education Trust, warned that the move would encourage young people to engage in sexual activity.
Called ellaOne, the drug can be taken up to five days after sexual intercourse. Its increased availability was licensed by the European Medicines Agency.
Mr. Wells told The Guardian, "There are plenty of health and social reasons against making ellaOne available to minors."
He said: "The availability of the morning-after pill is encouraging some adolescents to engage in casual sex when they might not otherwise have done so, and the supply of emergency birth control to young people is associated with an increase in sexually transmitted infections."