The morning-after pill has long been a controversy in our nation. There are those who believe it’s on the same level as abortion, and there are others who seem to take them like candy.
But why is the United Kingdom government’s public health body advising young women and teens to stockpile this pill?
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) wants all young people to have confidential access to the morning-after pill, and they also believe that free condoms should be available for youths in youth clubs and schools.
Their argument? According to Telegraph, the organization believes that “easier access to contraception will help reduce unwanted pregnancies.” I have to say that I agree 100%.
This is the first time that Nice has called for this type of action, and it most likely has to do with the recent rise in teen pregnancy. Nice’s guidance was published mere hours after the screening of Britain’s first TV commercial for abortion services. Are the two related? It’s hard to say that they’re not.
Nice’s guidelines recommend that doctors and others in the health care industry “ensure all young women are able to obtain free emergency hormonal contraception, including advance provision.”
It’s about time. I’m looking forward to the day that contraception is easily accessible for all of our world’s young people.