Sep 1, 2017

Boots staff 'harassed' by morning-after pill campaigners

Lawyers for Boots said the British Pregnancy Advisory Service helped supporters to send a "Torrent of personal abuse" to members of staff. Members of the public contacted Boots using an online form provided by BPAS. Boots has cut the cost of its emergency contraception following criticism from BPAS and some MPs. The pharmacy said it would offer a £15.99 alternative to Levonelle, which costs £28.25, and a Boots-branded £26.75 pill, from next month. In a letter from law firm Schillings, Boots accused BPAS of the "Facilitation and tacit encouragement of personal abuse" in creating the form, which between 20 and 24 July contained the names of five Boots employees. In July, Boots initially refused to cut the cost of the morning-after pill, telling BPAS it wanted to avoid "Incentivising inappropriate use" - for which the company later apologised. The response led some Labour MPs to say Boots had taken an "Unacceptable" moral position, while Clare Murphy of BPAS added: "Women struggle to access emergency contraception and the cost is a key barrier."

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