Young people and the ‘morning after pill’


Facing the Facts…YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE ‘MORNING AFTER PILL’2001, 8pp Price: £2.50 for 10 copies, £11.00 for 50 copies or download for free.

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Under the government’s teenage pregnancy strategy the ‘morning-after pill’ ( MAP ) has become more readily available to teenage girls than ever before. In many parts of the UK the MAP can be obtained from pharmacies and sexual health clinics without a doctor’s prescription, and it also is being supplied in a growing number of schools through confidential advice services operated by health authorities. The consent of parents is rarely sought. This eight-page factsheet takes a look at the social, legal and ethical issues and considers the consequences of this new experiment. It concludes by suggesting a more positive way forward.