Socialists promise better access to abortion pill

28th January 2008, Comments 1 comment

Spain's governing Socialist Party is proposing making the morning after pill available for free at health centres.

28 January 2008

MADRID - In an effort to end a dramatic increase in abortions among teenage girls, Spain's governing Socialist Party is proposing making the morning after pill available for free at health centres and hospitals across the country.

The move, which is likely to draw criticism from conservatives and Catholics, would be carried out if the party is re-elected in the 9 March general elections, Socialist representatives said Friday.

"We want any girl to be able to get the pill [...] 24 hours a day, 365 days a year," a Socialist spokesman said.

At present, obtaining the pill requires a doctor's prescription and costs EUR 20, something that stops many teenagers from taking it. The situation has contributed to a sharp increase in abortions among teenagers, which reached around 14,000 last year.

[Copyright EL PAÍS / VERA GUTIÉRREZ CALVO 2008]

Subject: Spanish news

1 Comment To This Article

  • Leigh posted:

    on 28th January 2008, 20:21:40 - Reply

    Editors!!! The morning after pill is NOT an abortion pill!!! The morning after pill is emergency CONTRACEPTION--it PREVENTS pregnancy, whereas the actual abortion pill is a drug called Mifepristone (also knows as RU486), which is given to patients during medical (not surgical) abortions.