An online pharmaceutical company has cut the price of the morning-after pill – which in some cases can result in abortion – to £4.99 in the lead-up to Christmas.
The firm is accused of reducing the price of the drug in preparation for unwanted pregnancies that may occur over the holiday period.
Critics have branded the move ‘irresponsible’ and warned it will encourage sexual promiscuity.
Chemist 4 U, an online pharmacy, has cut its morning-after pill prices, bowing to pressure from abortion giant British Pregnancy Advisory Service who previously said that the price of emergency ‘contraceptives’ were too high.
But Christian Medical Fellowship, which has more than 4,000 doctors, has expressed concern about the Christmas price cut.
A spokesperson said: “This is an irresponsible announcement that gives the green light to promiscuity during the Christmas period.
“Having unprotected sex outside of a committed relationship has physical and mental consequences, not just unplanned pregnancies”.
Although the morning-after pill is usually regarded as an emergency contraceptive, its effects can begin after fertilisation.
The Christian Institute has said in the past: “It is not simply a pre-fertilisation contraceptive”.
It is “an abortifacient because it can prevent implantation and thereby bring to an end a real human life”.
In January Boots also gave in to pressure to reduce the price of the morning-after pill across all of its pharmacies.