Across the country, government cuts are forcing councils to close specialist clinics to reduce their hours or close entirely A woman who wants to control her fate must first control her fertility. It’s a statement of the bleeding obvious in lots of ways, but it’s still easily forgotten in an age when most of us take free contraception for granted. British women are so used to snapping open a blister pack, swallowing a pill and getting on with their lives; or blissfully ignoring the whole thing, bar the occasional IUD checkup. The days when our mothers and grandmothers had to buy cheap wedding rings from Woolworths and lie through their teeth just to stand a chance of getting the pill or the cap – which clinics wouldn’t prescribe to anyone but married women until 1967 – seem light years away. Now the only serious threat to reproductive rights that most of us in the UK could conceivably imagine is if some Trump-esque rightwing populist movement, implacably hostile to women’s sexuality and ambition, somehow rose to power.
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