Tuesday 17 October 2017

Medb Ruane: A very Irish solution to our morning-after pill dilemma

The sky didn't fall when Boots Chemists made the morning- after pill available over the counter this week. For the first time, women aged 18 and over will be able to access short-term emergency contraception without having to go through a GP.

Long-fought wars on all matters reproductive mean the measure is receiving much attention. And because anti-choice groups' strategy confuses preventative measures with pregnancy terminations, there's also confusion about how the pill itself actually works.

That historic weighting shades some of the social questions involved. What happens for girls aged under 18? Do parents have a right to be consulted when girls are under age? What about STDs? And, other than sexual assault and rape, what kind of behaviour or misadventure leads anyone to need this pill?

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