If the events in Ukraine are to appear as more than a series of disconnected events, you really must take the long view. So if you want to understand why it looked last night as though war was about to break out in the Crimea, perhaps take a look at this piece of analysis by Stratfor. It's a company that focuses on geography and history to explain what is happening in the world. Stratfor makes its money by signing up paying subscribers, but makes some of its work freely available. The book from which this is taken, The next hundred years, is also worth reading.
The emergency contraception, Levonelle, known commonly as the morning after pill will be avaliable online from next week and can be delievered, by courier, to your office desk within two hours.
The service, currently only avaliable in London, costs £20 and is provided by the website DrEd.com and could be extended to other cities if it is successful.
In an article on the Daily Telegraph, Amit Khutti, founder of DrEd, defended the service and said young girls would be deterred because dates of birth were requested during registration and patients needed a credit card.
He said: “I don’t think this service is going to appeal to minors or encourage under age sex.
“For a start, you need to pay for the service and if you’re young there are a number of places you can already get the morning after pill free.
“Emergency contraception works better the sooner you take it, so having it delivered within two hours will make it more likely to be effective.”
The move offers greater freedom to busy women by removing the need to visit their GP. It also does away with embarrassing questioning and allows women to resolve their situation quickly and discreetly.
As well as the morning after pill, the website also provides contraceptive pills, sti tests and treatment, treatment for erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation as well as malaria tablets.
In the lead up to Christmas, The British Pregnancy Advisory Service, advised women to 'stock up' on the pill over the festive period.
Attitudes like this undermine the whole point of this pill. It is called the EMERGENCY contraceptive pill for a reason. It is to be taken in EMERGENCIES not as a subsitute for condoms or a proper contraceptive pill or as an excuse for reckless, irresponsible behaviour.
I understand that there are situations in which the morning after pill is necessary, but in those, surely it is is better to see a doctor rather than a computer screen? Not only do doctors offer you alternatives and advice, they inform you fully about the side-effects and success rates of these pills.
Not all pills are suitable for everyone, and family medical history and other medicines may mean these pills will do more harm than good.
Personally, I don't believe services like this should be avaliable as it is promoting a lapse attitude to sexual relations and a lack of care for people's health. If you do not have the time to visit your GP or family planning service, maybe you should think twice before having unprotected sex. Time and work seem to be coming before people's health and responsiblity for their actions.