Make morn­ing-af­ter pill avail­able over the counter, women’s or­gan­i­sa­tions con­fed­er­a­tion says

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Malta Con­fed­er­a­tion of Women’s Or­gan­i­sa­tion (MCWO) said yes­ter­day that it dis­agrees with the con­clu­sions of a Par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee ear­lier this week and in­sisted that the morn­ing-af­ter pill (MAP) should be avail­able over the counter.

A joint Par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee agreed ear­lier this week that the pill should only be avail­able on pre­scrip­tion. It also said that the de­ci­sion as to whether to li­cense the MAP should rest with the Medicines Au­thor­ity, which should also take into con­sid­er­a­tion the rec­om­men­da­tions of Par­lia­ment.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the MCWO said: “Women in Malta have the right to a wide choice of emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion and this should be widely avail­able over the counter in or­der to al­low women more con­trol over their lives, their health and their bod­ies.”

The MCWO is an um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion which rep­re­sents 12 lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions with col­lec­tively around 24,000 fe­male mem­bers. It is a full mem­ber of the Brus­sels-based Euro­pean Women’s Lobby.

Yes­ter­day, the Women’s Rights Foun­da­tion also crit­i­cised the com­mit­tee’s de­ci­sion that the MAP should only be avail­able on pre­scrip­tion.

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