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'Christians must show God's compassion': Over the counter pills available at UK pharmacies for first time

by Donna Birrell

Contraceptive pills can be bought over the counter in UK pharmacies for the first time from today.

Women will need a consultation with a pharmacist - but won't have to get a GP's prescription to purchase two types of 'mini pills'.

Doctors have called it a 'landmark moment'.

Judy McGibbon is the director of Pregnancy Centres Network - an organisation based on Christian principles of care and compassion. 

She says Christians, regardless of views around these pills, should respond through compassionate prayer.

Speaking to Premier, she said: "I think for me, I'd like the world to understand that as Christians, that does not mean that we're judgmental, that as Christians, we're there to offer God's compassion. 

"And to understand that yes, God has given us boundaries that are there for our own good, but also that for so many people, the difficult situations they find themselves in, we need to show compassion. 

"So I think for me, praying that Christians will be stirred by that and feel that God's calling them to show compassion and support to women who are struggling."

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