The morning-after pill (“la píldora del día después” or “la píldora poscoital) will be available in pharmacies without prescription from Monday. The move follows an announcement in May by the Spanish Health Minister, Trinidad Jiménez, that the pill would soon be available in pharmacies without prescription to all women regardless of age. The pill should cost around €20, and will not be covered by Social Security prescription subsidy.
The measure is intended to reduce Spain’s unwanted pregnancy and abortion figures, given that it has achieved significant reductions in countries where it is freely available, like France, Belgium, the UK, Denmark, Luxembourg, and the USA. In 2007, 112,000 abortions were carried out in Spain, over 6,000 of which were on under-18s, and 500 on under-15s. Over 4,00 babies were born to under-18 mothers. El Dia1, El Dia2