Telegraph: The procedure was carried out in Southampton, Hants, as part of a government initiative to drive down teenage pregnancies. As many as nine secondary schools in the city are thought to have been involved.
But campaigners from the Family Education Trust say the implant fuels the flames of promiscuity by giving girls licence to have underage sex. Norman Wells, director of the trust, has urged health chiefs to look at ways of discouraging sexual activity amongst children in the first place. He said: “Schemes like these inevitably lead to boys putting pressure on girls to have sex. They can now tell their girlfriends: ‘You can get the school clinic to give you an implant, so you don’t have to worry about getting pregnant’.”
“Parents send their children to school to receive a good education, not to be undermined by health workers who give their children contraceptives behind their backs.”
One mother, whose 13-year-old daughter was given the implant, has called the scheme “morally wrong”. She claimed the school had gone ahead without consulting their family doctor. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said the pupils had to simply fill out a questionnaire about their medical history. They then underwent a consultation with health experts before receiving the contraceptive but there was a lack of follow-up appointments. She said: “I feel really angry about this. I agree that teaching teenagers about sexual health and contraception is very important but this is a step too far. To perform a minor surgical procedure on school grounds, without parents knowing is morally wrong.”
Health chiefs have defended the scheme, insisting letters were sent to all parents at participating schools in 2009 when the service was launched. It was then left to individual schools to inform parents of all future students joining, either by letter or in the prospectus. They also say reports are showing that teenage pregnancies have dropped by 22 per cent since sexual health services went in to schools.
A spokeswoman for Solent NHS Trust and NHS Southampton said: “We are committed to ensuring local young people are able to access clinically appropriate sexual health support. This helps them to avoid unwanted pregnancies and protect themselves from sexually transmitted infections.”
What could go wrong here? This: A 13-year-old girl who had a contraceptive implant fitted at school without her mother’s knowledge said she wanted the procedure because she “felt like having sex”.
“I think it has really helped me because if I am with my boyfriend and we feel like having sex, I have the peace of mind knowing that I am OK. At the time I didn’t want to tell my mum because there are some things you don’t want to talk to your parents about. But I am glad I have told her now. I’d rather tell her I’ve had an implant than tell her I was pregnant. But I think there should be the option to have full confidentiality because some children just can’t speak to their parents.”
Her mother said she was proud her daughter has taken responsibility to protect herself. But she is now demanding an apology from health bosses at the Solent NHS Trust and a review of the service in schools. She said: “I believe they have neglected my daughter by not making sure she had a follow-up appointment. I want an apology. I know I may not be able to stop this surgical procedure being carried out on school grounds altogether.”
This is disturbing on many levels. A 13 year old girl is not mature enough to make informed decisions about her medical care. And she certainly isn’t emotionally mature to deal with the consequences. How can she be afraid to speak with her mom yet “mature” enough to participate in the most intimate act of sexual intercourse?
Wait for Obamacare folks and the mandate Skippy wants for access to birth control. And be sure to check your young girls’ arms.