The answer is set up a competing pharmacy

February 22nd, 2016 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

A Wairoa pharmacist refuses to sell the emergency contraceptive pill over her counter because of personal beliefs.

Wairoa Pharmacy is the town’s only dispensary.

To be eligible to sell the emergency contraceptive pill, commonly referred to as the morning-after pill, pharmacists have to complete a course.

Owner Elsa Norvil says she will not do this, for personal reasons.

“There are alternatives in place and it is an ethical right whether or not one chooses to stock or dispense the emergency contraceptive pill,” she said.

She has every right not to stock it. I disagree with her beliefs, but she should be able to stand by them.

“I am prepared to dispense it on doctors’ instructions and believe this acknowledges other’s rights to access this service.”

Seems a fair compromise.

Some residents are concerned that limited local access could be contributing to Wairoa’s high teenage pregnancy rate.

Wairoa has no family planning facilities so the morning-after pill can be obtained only by doctor’s prescription or from school-based health services.

The pill can be taken up to 72 hours, or three days, following unprotected intercourse to prevent a pregnancy from progressing.

Concerned locals say the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board needs to make the pill more accessible. They point out it is available over the counter at pharmacies in other centres.

Wairoa people say they respect Miss Norvil’s views but because hers is the only pharmacy in town, other options need to be offered.

There is no monopoly on pharmacies. You don’t need permission to set another one up. So one solution is to find a pharmacist who wants to set up a competing pharmacy.

And Wairoa people might choose to prefer a pharmacy that is more customer focused and will supply the health needs of the population, regardless of views.

Long-term contraceptives for teens?

July 8th, 2015 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

The call from New Zealand researchers for all teen girls to be fitted with long-term contraceptive devices is not as radical as many think. In fact, a similar free birth control scheme has been a huge success in the US state of Colorado.

The state saw its teen pregnancy birthrate plunge by 40 per cent from 2009 to 2013, abortion rates also saw a 42 per cent drop.

Colorado health officials started the experiment six years ago. The scheme offered free intrauterine devices (IUDs) to teenagers and women in financial hardship. The implants can prevent pregnancy for up to 10 years.

I think it is a very worthy idea. It means that the chance of accidental pregnancy is close to zero, and you simply remove the implant when you want to start having children.

We should offer it to everyone when they turn 16. For now I guess that means girls only, as there is not a simple implant that works on guys, but one day there may be one for guys also.

“If we want to reduce poverty, one of the simplest, fastest and cheapest things we could do would be to make sure that as few people as possible become parents before they actually want to,” Brookings Institution economist Isabel Sawhill told the New York Times

She has argued that single parenthood is a principal driver of inequality.

Yep, I’d say that could do more for income inequality than almost any other measure.

It must be a choice of course, but it can become a normalised choice – by routinely offering it for free at age 16.

GPs duty is to their patients

July 14th, 2013 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

The HoS reports:

A young woman was refused the birth control pill because she had not yet done her “reproductive job”.

Melissa Pont, 23, said her family practitioner, Dr Joseph Lee, would not renew her pill prescription, instead lecturing her on a baby’s right to live and on using the rhythm method, an unreliable family planning technique that involves having sex only at certain times of the month.

That’s appalling.

I’m all for the right of doctors not to be involved in abortions, on conscience grounds. But to refuse a patient contraception as you think she should be reproducing is appalling behaviour.

The NZ Medical Association said doctors can refuse treatment in non-emergency situations if their beliefs prohibit it – but they are required to refer the patient to another doctor.

Lee was initially reluctant to do that, Pont said, and she was concerned other women in her situation might not have had the confidence to argue back.

Prospective patients should be aware that if you see Dr Lee he may refuse to help you, so best to see another doctor.

Lee, a doctor at Wairau Community Clinic in Blenheim, stood by his views and actions. “I don’t want to interfere with the process of producing life,” the Catholic father-of-two told the Herald on Sunday.

Lee also does not prescribe condoms, and encourages patients as young as 16 to use the rhythm method.

Teen pregnancy might be a girl’s “destiny”, he said, and it was certainly not as bad as same- sex marriage.

Oh Good God. He wants 16 year olds to be getting pregnant, because it was their destiny.

Most Catholic doctors have no problems at not letting their personal beliefs interfere with their jobs. Sadly Dr Lee is not one of them.

The only circumstances in which he would prescribe the contraceptive pill would be if a woman wanted space between pregnancies, or had at least four children.

“I think they’ve already done their reproductive job”.

Hear that women? Don’t stop at three!

Free contraception uptake

January 31st, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Claire Trevett at NZ Herald reports:

Low uptake negates fears beneficiaries and daughters being pushed into free scheme, says minister’s office.

Only 35 women took up the Government’s offer of free long-term contraception for beneficiaries in the first five months – far short of the number expected.

Last July, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announced the Government would pay for female beneficiaries and their daughters aged 16-19 to get long-term contraception such as an implant, intra-uterine device or the Depo Provera injection.

She set aside $1 million over four years for the policy – enough to fund thousands of grants covering doctors’ fees and contraceptive costs each year.

This is the policy that saw the disgusting cartoon that compared Paula Bennett to Josef Mengele. Shameful.

However, in its first five months from the end of July to the end of December only 35 women took it up.

Ms Bennett said she was not troubled by the low uptake.

“It’s going as I’d expected. We’re not promoting it so there hasn’t been significant uptake, but we’re looking at advertising it more so people are aware it’s available.”

It would be good for more people to be ware of it, so there are fewer unwanted pregnancies.

Kiwi young women most promiscuous

May 9th, 2012 at 10:06 am by David Farrar

Radio NZ reports:

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says taxpayers should not be picking up the tab for what he says are the most promiscuous young women in the world to get free contraceptives.

I’m not sure if that statistic is correct, but if so can I just say how happy I am to be a Kiwi 🙂

“Why should, say, a 70-year-old who’s had one partner all their life be paying for a young woman to sleep around.

Well as far as I know women don’t get paid to have sex, well unless they are a professional. Most women have sex because they enjoy it.

They only get “paid” if they get pregnant and have a baby. Contraception means that generally will not happen, so I would have thought Colin would be all in favour.

“We are the country with the most promiscuous young women in the world. This does nothing to help us at all.”

This is like saying we are the country with the best oysters in the world, and something must be done 🙂

I do like how Colin rails against “promiscuous young women” and says nothing about men. It does take two to tango. I really thought we were past the age of casting them as the evil Eve type seductress.

Contraception and welfare

May 8th, 2012 at 9:29 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

The Government’s plan to offer free long-term contraception for beneficiaries and their daughters is being labelled as an insult and intrusive to women’s right to have children.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett yesterday said contraception would eventually be fully funded for female beneficiaries and their 16 to 19-year-old daughters.

Oh my God how mean and nasty. Having taxpayers fund free contraception.

Auckland Action Against Poverty spokeswoman Sue Bradford this morning said while the contraception was voluntary, it was “totally unacceptable” for the Government to get involved in women’s reproduction.

So Sue is arguing against any taxpayer subsidy for contraception for any woman? She should join ACT!

Bradford said the Government was persuading women to take contraception through sanctions, such as having beneficiaries who have an additional child on the benefit to look for work when that child was one.

“We believe that women in this country have the right to control their own reproduction,” she said.

They do. But taxpayers also have the right to say if you have half a dozen kids while on the benefit, we won’t keep paying for your choices.

Contraception to stop climate change

September 16th, 2009 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

A month or so back I did a satirical post about the Green Party promoting abortion as a way to combat climate change. It provoked howls ou outrage.

Just to show how satire can sometimes come close to the truth, Brian Rudman writes today:

Luckily for Mr Goff, the conference was over before party activists had a chance to catch up with research from the London School of Economics arguing contraception was almost five times cheaper as a means of preventing climate change, than conventional green technologies. The principle being it’s much cheaper to hand out condoms to prevent the emitter being born, than it is to cleanse the atmosphere of the carbon he or she will emit, once born, for the next 80-odd years.

If the new leader is uncomfortable backing the case for energy-efficient lightbulbs, how much more embarrassing for him if the party latched on to the idea of free condoms as a way to stop global warming.

So will the Green Party jump at this opportunity to promote condoms to reduce carbon emissions?

Their population policy already says:S

The population cannot be increased beyond its capacity to offset its greenhouse gas emissions. says:

The LSE report called Fewer Emitters, Lower Emissions, Less Cost is here.

So who will be first to endorse condoms to fight climate change – the Greens or Young Labour? 🙂