Free morning-after pill would be a ‘folly’

Newstalk ZB 24 October 2013
A programme that would make the morning-after pill free to young kiwi women is being labelled a ‘folly’.

PHARMAC is working on a scheme that could see girls as young as 12 able to access emergency contraception, free of charge from pharmacies.

A spokesman says they are working with District Health Boards, and assessing the possible impact of such a programme if it was to be implemented nationwide.

Family First national director Bob McCoskrie says the idea is flawed, and will do more harm than good.

“What the international research shows is that it results in risky activity because they think they’ve got this parachute available after the act.”–folly