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Festive contraceptive kits on sale

A sexual health clinic is selling "festive family planning packs" over Christmas in a bid to reduce the number of abortions that will be carried out in the new year.

Marie Stopes International (MSI) is selling the cut-price packs, which include the morning-after pill, two condoms, and an advice booklet, for £15.

The charity offers reproductive and sexual health advice and also provides abortions. It revealed it carried out 13% more abortions in January and February this year than in 2006 - its highest number ever.

Liz Davies, director of UK operations at MSI, said: "At £15, our festive family planning packs are much cheaper than getting emergency contraception and condoms over the counter at a pharmacy.

"It also makes sense to buy the emergency contraception pill in advance as the earlier you take it after a contraceptive accident, the more effective it is.

"Of course it's always sensible to stock up on contraception before the party season as it means you don't have to panic later on especially when many local surgeries and pharmacies are closed over the Christmas period."  

Women who want to but one of the £15 packs will have to visit an MSI clinic in person and answer several medical questions.

Marie Stopes International

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"What a wonderful idea. It needs to be advertised as broadly as possible - an idea the local family planning clinics could take on" - Name and addresss supplied

"Yes, or how about free condoms in party venue toilets, (male & female?)" - Carol, Edinburgh