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bpas comment on Boots' failure to meet its deadline for providing affordable emergency contraception

A bpas spokesperson said,

"We are shocked and saddened by Boots’ lack of progress. In August, they announced that they were already 'trialling' a cheaper product in 38 of their stores and committed to this being available in all stores by the end of October. Exactly two months later, there appears to have been no further roll out of this promised service. We simply cannot understand how a company of this size is incapable of providing an affordable product when so many of their smaller competitors have already done so.

"Boots has failed to live up to its commitment and continues to take advantage of women in difficult circumstances. We imagine Boots’ customers, who made their feelings on this issue explicitly clear over the summer, will feel let down by the fact that the company has reneged on their undertaking to provide a more affordable service to women in need."

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For more information please contact the bpas press office on 0207 061 3377, 07788 725185 or press@bpas.org

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About bpas

bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.