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All I want for Christmas

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 We have all heard of the term ‘walk of shame’ that describes a person being caught out after a regrettably boozy night. It is easy to spot one, a girl on the bus at nine a.m. barefoot holding her high-heels or a guy darting back to his house in last night’s shirt. Usually the walk of shame ends at home although in unfortunate circumstances it can lead a person straight to the pharmacy for some emergency contraception.  An article of news came to my attention when a university friend of mine told me about plans for the morning after pill to be posted to our front doors over the festive season. Women can fill out a form online and speak to a nurse over the phone to obtain it. My friend was quite shocked by the new scheme and found it difficult to hide her consternation! Was she right to question the idea? The initiative was put forward by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) as the Christmas holidays are seemingly a time of high risk for unwanted pregnancies. It does seem sensible to arm women with emergency contraception as it could avoid a situation that could be potentially worse in the long run. It seems that having to go to a pharmacy to ask for the morning after pill may put women off as it could cause embarrassment so providing them with this easy service would ensure that they could use the medication. I would have to agree with my friend that emergency contraception shouldn’t be so easily obtained. It is good that we have medicine that can help those who are in need of it but making it more available just means that people will abandon their responsibilities and possibly rely on the drug when the situation could have been avoided by simply using contraception. It isn’t the intention of the BPAS for people to actually use the pill but to have it ‘just in case’ though I think this could be awfully risky.Do you think this is a good idea? Article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16035009

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