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Poll: Should contraception be free?

Research has found that people are having difficulty meeting the costs of contraception. Should Ireland follow the lead of other countries and make all contraception available free of charge?

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IRELAND HAS SOME of the highest prices across the EU when it comes to contraception.

Research suggestions that the recession is making it increasingly difficult for people to afford contraception: a new study by the Dublin Aids Alliance has found that a large number of young people have cited the cost of contraception as the reason why they had unprotected sex in the past year, while the Irish Family Planning Association found that women were using less effective forms of contraception because they could not afford the cost.

Countries such as England already offer free contraception to all citizens. However opponents argue that the cost to the State would be too much at a time when resources are already being squeezed in all areas.

So today we’re asking:  Should contraception be free?


Poll Results:

Some contraception should be free but not all (1989)
Yes, all contraception should be free (1395)
No, people should have to pay (1151)
Don't know/not sure (367)




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