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Stores to Offer Teens Free Morning-After Pills

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March 19, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Teenage girls will be able to get the morning-after emergency contraceptive pill free as part of a publicly funded pilot program being launched at two English supermarkets.

Karen Marshall, a Tesco supermarket spokeswoman, said the local health authority in North Somerset contacted the chain about assisting in the program, which is aimed at reducing teenage pregnancy.

Tesco will distribute the pills to girls under 20 at pharmacy counters in two of its stores near Bristol, in western England, Marshall said.

The morning-after pill is a high-dose birth-control pill taken within 72 hours of sex to prevent pregnancy.

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