El­lie Leven­son fights to make the morn­ing-af­ter pill more read­ily avail­able

The Jewish Chronicle - - People -

WOMEN ARE be­ing pa­tro­n­ised by not be­ing given the op­por­tu­nity to buy emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion in ad­vance of need­ing it, ac­cord­ing to jour­nal­ist El­lie Leven­son, 29.

Last week, Ms Leven­son launched the Women Are Not Stupid cam­paign — to­gether with an e-pe­ti­tion — to urge the gov­ern­ment to make the morn­ing-af­ter pill avail­able from phar­ma­cists on de­mand, in ad­vance. At the mo­ment, it is at the dis­cre­tion of each phar­macy.

Ms Leven­son, who lives in Tot­ten­ham, North Lon­don, is also call­ing for peo­ple other than the user to be al­lowed to pur­chase the con­tra­cep­tion.

“We can’t buy it from phar­ma­cies in ad­vance and no-one else can go and buy it for you. This sug­gests women are in­ca­pable of self-di­ag­nos­ing,” she says.

“There is no ev­i­dence that easy ac­cess to emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion makes peo­ple more pro­mis­cu­ous or less likely to use con­tra­cep­tion.”

She ex­plains that this means that women of­ten have to lie to get the pill. “If you’re go­ing on hol­i­day and are re­ly­ing on con­doms and want to take emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion with you just in case, you would have to pre­tend to the phar­ma­cist that you needed it for im­me­di­ate use. Noone wants to lie, but you have to play the game, which is lu­di­crous.”

She adds that the Royal Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety has said it is not against the ad­vanced sup­ply of emer­gency con­tra­cep­tion in prin­ci­ple. For fur­ther de­tails of the cam­paign, see www. wom­enarenot­stupid. co.uk, or pe­ti­tions.pm.gov. uk/morningafter­pill

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