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>UK Teens, Abortion Rights?

>The Family Planning Association in the United Kingdom is pushing a video called “Why Abortion” for use in schools teens, according to the Telegraph.co.uk website.

The laws in the United Kingdom differ in different regions. Abortion is still illegal in Northern Ireland, for instance. England and Wales, where abortion is legal and, like contraception and the morning after pill, paid for by the National Health System, has the second highest abortion rate is the second highest in Europe.

Nevertheless,

the Government announced that sex and relationships education will become compulsory in primary schools as part of a drive to cut teenage pregnancy rates. The National Children’s Bureau also wants all secondary schools to have on-site sexual health clinics, while girls as young as 13 will be urged to have contraceptive injections and implants.

The FPA is offering schools the chance to buy a copy of the DVD for £25 together with a booklet that claims to explode the “myths” that having a surgical abortion can harm a woman’s ability to conceive in the future, and that terminating a baby is always upsetting.

No mention that parents might not wish their daughters and sons to have sex at 13 — and that the great majority do not. Or the risk that the 13 year old might be a victim of sexual abuse.

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3 thoughts on “>UK Teens, Abortion Rights?

  1. >"No mention that parents might not wish their daughters and sons to have sex at 13 — and that the great majority do not."But, as the early-sex crowd are not easy to identify, I see no option other than to give the education to everyone *well* before they are likely to become sexually active.On the upside, all the promotion of contraception should bring the abortion rate down. I know we've made a lot of improvement in teen pregnency rate over the last few years, but don't have the statistics to hand.You don't need to worry too much about abortions hiding abuse here… One advantage of socialised medicine. The hospital is only a phone call away from the police or social services.

    Posted by Suricou Raven | December 4, 2008, 1:17 am
  2. >hiya, im sorry to burst your bubble but ALOT of teens do have sex at 13 these days. its not un common im 17 now and work giving information to teens in schools for my UCAS points. across the board ive seen girls and boys as young as 12 come to ask for contraception and although i do not aprove of children having sex that young i dont denie that it happens. when i was in secondary school i think about 20 people in my year were still virgins by the beginning of year 11. and before you say it, its not the area i live in. i live in a town in Oxfordshire that is very respectible and a family orientated area.im just saying that people need to edducate children younger and stop thnking that their children would not be having sex at a young age, alot of them are.

    Posted by Anonymous | December 24, 2008, 10:59 pm
  3. >Sure, that's not how we treat driving, drinking, smoking, or the use of all sorts of mind-altering substances.New post on this subject coming up.

    Posted by LifeEthics.org | December 28, 2008, 1:51 am

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