Boots cuts price of morning-after pill after weeks of controversy

High street chemist will sell cheaper generic version in all its stores by October but it is still more expensive than at rivals

Boots has cut the price of emergency contraception weeks after it sparked outrage by refusing to do so in case it encouraged women to have sex.

The high street chemist announced on Thursday that it had started to sell a new, cheaper generic version of the morning-after pill in 38 of its stores and would make it available in all 2,500 by October.

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