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Pill cost

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Issue 1727

Pill cost

THE government’s announcement that the “morning after pill” is to be sold over the counter at chemists was widely welcomed this week. But the proposed cost could put the pill out of the reach of those who have the most need for it.

The pill, despite right wing anti-abortionists’ claims, is not an “abortion pill”. In fact it merely stops a fertilised egg, made up of a few cells, implanting in the wall of the womb. The increased availability is a step forward. However, the 20 cost could price the treatment out of the reach of young women, and those on a low wage or in poverty.

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