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SPUC granted judicial review on morning after pill

2 May 2001

SPUC granted judicial review on morning-after pill Westminster, 2 May 2001--The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has been granted a judicial review on the supply of morning-after pills without a doctor's prescription. John Smeaton, SPUC national director, said: "We are very pleased that this danger to public health, which involves the circumvention of the Abortion Act, is to be examined. "Not only is the morning-after pill a threat to unborn children and to the women who take it, but pharmacists are being put in an invidious position. It is unfair to make high street chemists responsible for all the risks associated with unsupervised abortions. "We are preparing our case and are optimistic about the outcome of the judicial review." Although morning-after pills are promoted as contraceptives, they can also cause abortion by preventing embryos from implanting in the womb. The 1967 Abortion Act allows for pregnancy-terminations to be performed only by doctors and under certain conditions.

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