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Jul 24

Boots in Morning-After Pill row

Boots the Chemist - caved in to pressure.

Boots the Chemist – caved in to pressure.

Boots has come under attack from a leading abortionist angry at the Chemist’s pricing for the morning-after pill.

According to the BBC, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) issued a press release on Friday 21st July 2017.  BPAS demanded Boots and other pharmacies reduce the cost of what it euphemistically called ’emergency contraception’ Levonelle.  ‘Levonelle’ is a brand name for levonorgetsrel.  Bayer PLC market the drug in the UK.

‘Incentivising inappropriate use’

Currently, the progestogen-based drug Levonelle costs £28.25 in Boots.  The store sells a non-branded equivalent for £26.75.  However, Tesco have the branded drug at £13.50.  Meanwhile, Superdrug offer a generic version for 13.49.  Additionally, Superdrug charges £27 for Levonelle and £35 for something called EllaOne (qv).

Clare Murphy, BPAS director of external affairs, said: ‘Most people believe women should be able to access emergency contraception from pharmacies at an affordable price.’  We do not know what evidence she has for that statement.

The chief pharmacist at Boots UK, Marc Donovan, said: ‘In our experience, the subject polarises public opinion and we receive frequent contact from individuals who voice their disapproval of the fact that [Boots] chooses to provide this service.

‘We would not want to be accused of incentivising inappropriate use, and provoking complaints, by significantly reducing the price of this product.’

He added that the chemist wanted to avoid the pill ‘being misused or overused’.

‘Patronising and pathetic’

Labour MP Yvette Cooper chimed in on Twitter.  ‘This is patronising and pathetic – keeping emergency contraception price too high cos you don’t trust women and are scared of critics.’

Yvette Cooper MP

Yvette Cooper MP

The morning after pill is a powerful abortifacient.  Bayer say they think it stops ovaries releasing eggs. It might also prevent fertilisation by sperm.  But the Mayo Clinic say some morning-after pills also prevent an embryonic human being implanting in the womb. While the BBC say the pill ‘can be taken in the days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy’, Bayer make clear Levonelle must be taken within twelve hours.  The Mayo Clinic add ‘recent evidence strongly suggests that levonorgestrel doesn’t keep a fertilized egg from implanting’.  They add: ‘ It’s not clear if the same is true for Ella.’

We have been wondering why the UK’s biggest abortionist is cheer-leading for Bayer’s Levonelle.  After all, would not an over-the-counter potion reduce their own market?  But it seems Levonelle has only a small window of use.  Moreover, it does not always work.  A woman can take it according to instructions.  She can then discover she is pregnant despite that.  Additionally, her mind has fully taken against pregnancy.  Therefore Levonelle use may actually increase BPAS core business of surgically ripping babies to pieces.  the same may be true of other ’emergency contraceptives’.  Abortionists have said in the past that contraceptive use in general increases demand for abortions.

Around the United Kingdom

BPAS; always chasing new market opportunities. 'Caring for women since 1968?' Doing abortions, that means.

BPAS; always chasing new market opportunities. ‘Caring for women since 1968?’ Doing abortions, that means.

In England, Levonelle and EllaOne are free of charge from most sexual health clinics.  Moreover, many GP surgeries and most NHS walk-in centres give them out free. The BBC added ‘The drugs are free only to women in certain age groups from pharmacies in some parts of the country.’  Note ‘certain age groups’.  What they meant is some pharmacies and school nurses give it out free to teenagers behind their parents’ backs.

In 2002, supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Tesco gave out the hormonal drug free to teens.  The move was part of a Government scheme.  Christian Voice led a campaign with SPUC which put the brakes on Sainsbury’s involvement.  Tesco proved more obdurate.

In Scotland and Wales, the pill is available free of charge on the NHS from pharmacies, GPs and sexual health clinics.  In Northern Ireland, some pharmacies allow it to be bought on the NHS,  Sexual health clinics and GPs in the Province make it available free of charge.

Laura Perrins

Laura Perrins

Boots caves in to pressure

By Monday morning, Boots had caved in.  The firm was ‘truly sorry’ for its response and its ‘poor choice of words’.  It would look for cheaper alternatives to Levonelle, perhaps not quite what BPAS had in mind.

Now, the BBC reported Laura Perrins from the blog Conservative Women.  Mrs Perrins said condemning a pharmacy for setting a price on a particular drug was itself a ‘form of moralising’.

She said Boots should not be forced to reduce the cost, saying Levonelle ‘is a drug that is unlike others and is a drug that can be given to under-age girls without parental consent’.

But Sandra Gidley, from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, said the original stance taken by Boots was a ‘little uncomfortable’.

She said: ‘They seemed to be saying women would be irresponsible.’  ‘That can’t be the case because pharmacists have to ask a set number of questions.  So if women are regularly trying to use the morning after pill as a method of contraception they’re simply not allowed to have it.’

Magaluf Mentality

Majorca's Magaluf has become a byword for debauchery.

Majorca’s Magaluf has become a byword for debauchery.

Speaking on LBC, this author said a couple should not be engaging in conjugal relations if they were not open to the possibility of conception.

Furthermore, we take a medicine because there is something wrong with us.  We have a ‘dis-ease’.  So what ails a woman taking the morning-after-pill?  Has fertility – or new life – now become an ailment?  Levonelle and its competitors are not medicines, they are poisons.

Moreover, the availability of such potions helps bring about a ‘Magaluf Mentality’, after the depraved antics at the Spanish island resort.  Intiimacy becomes recreational.

Thanks to our divorce culture, we now have a crisis of young people deprived of (mainly) a father’s love.  They are desperately seeking someone to love them.  When this affects girls, they are prey to any young man who takes an interest in them.  The absence of fathers in a boy’s life decreases morality and accountability.  Add in Levonelle and the rest of the morning-after-pill drawer and you have a perfect storm for debauchery.

And a nice source of turnover for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service.

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.

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  1. akd.jenkins@tiscali.co.uk

    I would stand with Laura Perrins on this issue. Also, if this drug is not 100% effective then some women who take it – unless they see fit to set their unborn child up for adoption – will still have it terminated, even up to the increased limit, this having recently been debated in Parliament. How do we not know of the side-effects?

    1. Rox

      Can you tell us of a drug (used for any purpose) which is 100% effective and has completely predictable side-effects ?

  2. Rox

    Why should “inappropriate” use be defined as use by people who have £13.50 available but not £28.25 ? I have often heard inappropriate use of the word “inappropriate”, but this is one of the most inappropriate I have ever come across.

    Do women take medicines providing iron or calcium at differing ages because they have a disease, or because they want to avoid a disease ? Do all women feel at ease when they are pregnant ? The worthy Queen Victoria certainly didn’t.

    “It is most odious but they have spread a report that you & I are both in what I call an unhappy condition!…All who love you hope you will be spared this trial for a year yet…If I had had a year of happy enjoyment with dear Papa to myself how happy I would have been! But I was three and a half [years] older; and therefore I was in for it at once — and furious I was” …. “What made me so miserable was — to have the two first years of my married life utterly spoilt by this occupation.”
    ( Writing to her eldest daughter, 14th & 21st April 1858. )

    “What you say of the pride of giving life to an immortal soul is very fine, dear, but I own I cannot enter into that; I think much more of our being like a cow or a dog at such moments.”
    ( Writing to her eldest daughter, 15th June 1858 —- when it came, the immortal soul was the future Kaiser Wilhelm II ).

    However, I am happy to leave the last word to Queen Victoria, who had much more experience in these things than I have. I wouldn’t want a slanging match to develop against Boots or the British Pregnancy Advisory Service or Christian Voice or anybody else. As Supreme Head of the Church of England, Victoria let Albert have his way frequently, reporting to the Prime Minister after her wedding night:
    “It was a gratifying and bewildering experience… I never, never spent such an evening. His excessive love and affection gave me feelings of heavenly love and happiness. He clasped me in his arms and we kissed each other again and again.”
    But when the babies were born one after another, she just lay back and thought of England, with the fashionable help of chloroform.

  3. Andrew C

    Not only is the pill immoral, but is distributed by immoral people as well.

    “The wholesale cost in the developing world costs between 0.23 and 1.65 USD for the dose required for emergency birth control.[7] ”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levonorgestrel

    Look at the huge mark-ups they make.

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