Health service nurses and midwives in Norway will soon be able to prescribe contraception to young girls

Contraception MicrogynonPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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From January 1, health nurses and midwives in Norway will have the right to prescribe contraception to girls under 16 years of age. For the moment, only doctors have the right to do so.

Minister of Health and Care Services Bent Høie (H) believes this could help prevent unwanted pregnancies.

“It is important that we have a health service that meets young people’s needs. We will therefore ensure that contraception is more easily accessible to young people,” he noted in a press release.

The extension of the right applies to all forms of contraception. However, girls under 16 who receive hormonal contraception from a health nurse or midwife should be offered an annual interview.

During the autumn, the Norwegian Directorate of Health will develop updated guidance material for health personnel in connection with the development.

The change is part of the government’s action plan for a continued reduction in the number of abortions. 

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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