A furor is growing in England as parents learn that hundreds of their daughters age 13 to 16 are receiving contraceptive implants or injections from their school nurses without their knowledge or consent.
The Daily Telegraph is reporting that a survey they conducted using Freedom of Information laws revealed that school nurses have given contraceptive implants or injections to girls age 13 to 16 more than 900 times in the past two years. Another 7,400 girls under the age of 15 – which is under the age of consent in England – received these services at family planning clinics. Parents are only informed if the child gives the school or clinic permission to do so.
The practice is believed to be even more widespread because many areas do not record these figures or won’t release them due to patient confidentiality laws.
Specifically, schools and clinics are distributing implants which are inserted into a girl’s arm and will prevent pregnancy for up to three years. Injections are effective for up to three months and work much like birth control pills by preventing ovulation, thickening the entrance of the cervix and thinning the lining of the womb.
There are serious health risks associate with these drugs, and distributing them to children whose parents are unaware means that schools and clinics are doing so without knowing the complete medical history of their patients.
Experts are also concerned that giving birth control to girls of such a young age will ultimately encourage promiscuity and sexual exploitation.
“Schemes like this are giving girls as young as 13 a licence to engage in illegal sexual activity and denying them the protection that the law on the age of consent is intended to give,” said Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust.
“Health workers who provide underage girls with contraception without the knowledge of the girls’ parents are seriously undermining the role of parents. The last thing they should be doing is fueling the flames of promiscuity.”
Anthony Seldon of Wellington College agrees that this program is a bad idea.
“Anything that trivializes or treats it as something mundane or easy, particularly for young people, is damaging their ability to grow up and to properly form a loving lasting relationship,” he said. “It devalues sex, it makes it like an ordinary, everyday thing like going to have a McDonald’s.”
Programs such as these were foretold by Pope Paul VI in his landmark encyclical, Humanae Vitae, in which he warns: “Careful consideration should be given to the danger of this power passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of the moral law. . . . Should they regard this as necessary, they may even impose their use on everyone.”
The most glaring example is China’s draconian one-child policy where families are not permitted to produce more than one child. The World Fertility Report states that nearly half of the world’s governments want to further reduce the fertility of their citizens, and almost all governments now support family planning programs and the distribution of contraceptives.
The controversial birth control mandate in the U.S. is another way used by the state to increase distribution of contraception. One of this country’s most beloved founding principles, that of freedom of religion, is being directly assaulted in a mandate that will force even religious institutions to provide insurance coverage for birth control, abortions and sterilizations.
Both the UK program and the HHS mandate are perfect examples of the many means of coercion in effect throughout the world to today to prevent women from reproducing.
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