The Dublin Well Woman Centre says extra efforts need to be made to ensure women on lower incomes avail of free cervical screening.

In its annual report, the centre, which has three clinics in Dublin, said it found that medical card holders were more likely to have abnormal smear results for a variety of reasons, including lack of information, poor diet and poor education.

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Well Woman Centre Chief Executive Alison Begas said the number of women seeking emergency contraception increased once again in 2008.

Ms Begas said they are expecting an increase in the number of calls today following the Oxegen event in Punchestown over the weekend.

Of the women who attended the Well Woman post-abortion counselling service, more are now travelling beyond the UK to access services.

According to the centre, women are now going to New York, Barcelona, Mumbai and Helsinki to have an abortion.