Project makes emergency pill more available
- By: Bryan Christie
Restrictions on the way emergency contraception is prescribed in Great Britain are being lifted for 85000 women in Scotland who are to be offered supplies of the pills to keep at home.
More than 100 general practices in Lothian, Scotland, have agreed to take part in the two year research project which is designed to see if improving the availability of emergency contraception will reduce unplanned pregnancies and lower the abortion rate. General practitioners will offer all suitable women aged between 16 and 29 years up to five packs of the pills for use in the event of unprotected intercourse.
Until now women have had to seek an urgent appointment with their general practitioner to be prescribed emergency contraception within 72 hours after unprotected intercourse. In many cases intercourse will have taken place at the weekend and it may be difficult to get an appointment on a Monday. Doctors in