From the Yay, Progress! Desk: Welsh women can now access morning-after pills for free, even if they're under sixteen years of age (if it's deemed clinically appropriate). Pharmacists in Wales, with the approval of their government ministers, have been granted the ability to provide emergency contrapceptive without charge, a move that local officials hope will "reduce the number of teen pregnancies" in the region, "which is among the highest in Europe."
As Jezebel notes, there are of course the inevitable talking points being spewed forth by opponents of the measure:
No one fears such a reality more than Josephine Quintavalle, founder of campaign group Comment on Reproductive Ethics, who said:
"It's absolutely the wrong way to address the problems of high rates of teenage pregnancy in Wales. The idea that young girls can just walk into a chemist will mean they become even less responsible about sexuality."
But fuck Josephine Quintavalle, founder of campaign group Comment on Reproductive Ethics — let her teen daughter get pregnant. We here in the States, we'll be giving Wales one big, transatlantic fist bump.