Increasing incidence of STIs as long acting contraceptive use escalates

With the increased use of Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) among New Zealand teenage girls and women, there has been a decline in prescriptions for Emergency Contraception (otherwise known as the Morning After Pill) and an increase in the incidence…

The morality of using emergency contraception in the case of rape

Recently there has been a great deal of controversy around the morning after pill otherwise known as “emergency contraception”.  Several studies have seemed to show that the pharmaceutical works only in a contraceptive manner (meaning conception is prevented) rather than in an…

Changing the “career beneficiary” mentality in New Zealand

Once again beneficiaries having more children just to get a larger payout has come under the spotlight, as new information released under the official information act, shows that 21.2% of parents of babies born last year were on a benefit.  While…

Free Contraception for Beneficiaries Uptake “Low”

Figures have been made public over how many beneficiaries have taken up the offer of free long-acting contraception. The Special Needs Grant administered by Work and Income NZ (WINZ) offers free long-acting contraception for beneficiaries and their daughters (16+).  The…

Raise the Bar Instead of Offering Free Emergency Contraception

The announcement last week that Taranaki District Health Board subcommittee has accepted the stategy to provide the morning after pill (emergency contraception) free to children as young as 12 years old, is shocking, and irresponsible.  While, it has not become practice yet,…

Counties Manukau Considering Contraception and Abortion to Decrease Perinatal Mortality

Once again contraception and abortion are being hailed as the answer to problems involving families.  South Auckland has the highest rate of newborn and fetal death in the country at 13.1 deaths per 1000 births, whereas the rest of the country sits…