New five-day morning after pill available to buy

Backlash claims that new emergency contraception will lead to promiscuity

A new form of emergency contraception that can be taken up to five days after unprotected sex has been made available to buy over the counter,

Called EllaOne, the pill prevents ovulation and fertilisation, and is significantly more effective than the current, commonly used morning after pill, Levonelle, which has to be taken within three days,

However, protesters claim that as it can be taken so long after sex, it is an early form of abortion.

Norman Wells, director of the charity Family Education Trust, claims: ‘Young people in particular have been lulled into a false sense of security, taken a more casual attitude to sex, and become exposed to an increased risk of sexually transmitted infections.’

Costing £30, the pill can be bought from The Co-Operative Pharmacy without a prescription from a GP.

A spokesperson for The Co-Operative Pharmacy has said that the pill is being trialed by 40 branches in areas of ‘high demand’ such as Essex, London and Bristol.

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