A BPAS spokesperson said:
“Emergency contraception is already available to under-16s through NHS schemes run by pharmacies. What has changed is that girls of this age are now able to buy this new form of emergency contraception, Ella One, if they wish. However at a price of 35 to 40 pounds, it is clearly the case that hardly any of them will do so. Indeed we believe this price is likely to prove unaffordable to many older women as well. What we would like to see is a emergency contraception made available through NHS pharmacy schemes free of charge, for women of all ages, or at the very least a realistically priced product that women can pick up off the shelf without being interrogated by a pharmacist. Emergency contraception is a safe, practical step for women to take after an episode of unprotected sex and it's high time we got rid of the barriers, the shame and the stigma that surrounds it.”
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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.