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Pop a pill – save the State money

Pop a pill – save the State money

For the first time, women will be able to buy the progesterone-only contraceptive pill over the counter at pharmacies after regulators gave the measure ‘the green light’, although purchasers ‘will still need to have a consultation with a pharmacist’ (‘The Pill is on sale at pharmacy’, Daily Express, July 9, 2021).


However, although considered safer than other artificial hormones, the PoP is not without risks, including ovarian cysts and the risk of pregnancy if not taken at the correct time; a link to breast cancer is still being explored.


But given the history of ‘mission creep’ in such matters, with the morning-after pill already available at pharmacies, it will come as no surprise when the oestrogen Pill - with all its risks, including cancer, blood clots, hearts attacks, strokes and suicide – also becomes available at chemists’ counters.


Medically approved, the overall risk of hormonal contraceptives is portrayed as low, but these ‘medications’ are unusual in that they are prescribed for something that is not a disease, and women must be healthy in order to take something that might make them sick.


Nonetheless, women seeking the PoP will at least be able to have a face-to-face consultation, even it is not with their own GP; whether they will be weighed and examined is another matter, and the pharmacist will be in no position to check their medical history.


Even more worrying, as with the morning-after pill and abortion, according to the NHS girls under the age of consent can access the PoP without their parents or carers knowing, a policy that has fuelled the ongoing mass sexual abuse of children and young teenagers, a country-wide scandal in which perpetrators are still avoiding justice.


This is another disaster waiting to happen, but the new measure should come as no surprise from a Government that has already relaxed the law to allow abortion pills to be sent to women in the post – a temporary ‘Covid’ measure which they are likely to make permanent.


However, responding to the PoP announcement, Dr Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said: ‘“This is a huge win for women and girls who will no longer face unnecessary barriers when accessing this contraception”’, adding that ‘“[t]oo many women and girls were struggling to access basic services”’, resulting in ‘“an increase in unplanned pregnancies, which can result in poorer outcomes for women and babies.”’



The new policy will undoubtedly mean richer outcomes for drugs companies, since the PoP proposals were drawn up following applications from two pharmaceutical companies, Maxwellia and HRA Pharma, to allow their products to be reclassified for sale over the counter.

Far from a ‘huge win’ for women, it is a ‘huge win’ for Big Pharma to usher in a health policy that promotes better ‘outcomes for women and babies’ by preventing the babies in the first place.


However, Dr Morris’s support should come as no surprise, since he believes that sending abortion pills to women so they can be taken anywhere, after a cursory phone ‘consultation’, is actually safer for women; he wants ‘home abortions’ to continue, insisting they are ‘one of the few success stories of the pandemic and should remain in place’ because ‘allowing the use at home of the two pills required for an early medical abortion has created a safer, more effective, and – crucially – a kinder service for women.’


It is certainly kinder to abusers, rapists and pharmaceutical companies, but since Dr Morris approves of popping abortion pills in the post, it is no surprise that he is also in favour of selling PoP over the counter. It is nothing to do with the health of women and the safety of girls, and certainly nothing to do with the health of babies, but everything to do with profits and other people’s convenience.


This includes the convenience of doctors, who will have one more reason not to see patients face to face. No doubt, too, the Government believes it will save money for the taxpayer by preventing children from being born, although they seem to have given no thought to where all the taxpayers of the future will come from. As for the chemists, if in future they wonder about the decline in thier customer base, they will have only themselves to blame.