Reason 6,415 Why I Love Britain: The British Medical Assocation have passed a motion that will allow women access to the morning after pill free from pharmacists. Yes, free. Without a prescription. Meanwhile in the States, only 15% of women even know that such a pill exists. And even if a woman did know, is she really going to head down to Planned Parenthood and run the risk of some whackjob shooting her? We’re talking about something that could reduce the number of abortions in America by 50%. (Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, I think everybody can agree that fewer abortions is a good thing.) Now I don’t want y’all to get the wrong idea about me. I’ve never had the need for these services whether in the U.S. or the U.K. But I still love the fact that over here, the government doesn’t try to legislate what happens with women’s bodies. They give us the choice and the means to take control of their own lives. I also like that they subsidise their programs so the poor (i.e. the ones most in need of the services) aren’t left out. Did I mention that ALL contraception is covered by the National Health Service here? Sometimes leaving the U.S. feels like travelling into the future by 100 years.

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