Monday, 13 September 2010

Sinking to a New Low



Twenty or so years ago we were told by the 'experts' that sex education had to be compulsory in schools in order to curtail the rise in teenage pregnancies. Many agreed, possibly thinking 'experts know best', so millions were invested into this part of the school curriculum.

Gradually any parental responsibility was withdrawn from parents because, these same experts, thought children were old enough to make their own decisions without any consent from Mum and Dad. They were surplus to requirements in this project. Teenagers can go into a chemist and buy the 'morning-after' pill these days without the consent of a doctor.

All this education and yet teenage pregnancies haven't decreased. In some parts of the UK they've soared and I'm not proud to say the city of my birth, Dundee, is recorded as having the highest teenage pregnancy rate in the UK.

Ok, the experts were wrong so what should be do about it? Revise our thinking and realise the involvement of parents is essential some of you may say. That I too think would be sensible. But no - it's been decided by those who can't think past financial gain - there's no other reason anyone would make such decisions - that girls as young as 13 are to be given the contraceptive Pill without seeing a doctor. For the first time teenagers below the legal age of consent will be able to get the Pill from high street chemists in a project that could eventually be adopted nationwide.

The trial scheme, beginning in November, will see high street chains including Boots, Lloyds and smaller independent chemists on the Isle of Wight providing the Pill to girls aged 13 to 25 without a doctor's prescription. Those who visit the chemist for the morning-after pill will also be offered a month's supply of the progesterone-only Pill.

Kevin Noble of Isle of Wight PCT said: ‘We have all sorts of ideas on the Isle of Wight that can hopefully improve emergency care.

‘I think it’s an improvement on services that are out there. We will use the progesterone-only pill which is the safest type of contraception out there. I hope that other trusts will look at what we do here and will say we’ll do that too.’


This man needs locked up and the key thrown away. He's not an improver he's a danger to the well-being of young girls. Distributing the Pill like smarties will only encourage these young girls to have sex and, as we know, when a female takes the Pill many couples don't feel the need to use condoms. There is a surge in serious sexually transmitted infections in this country and if this 'scheme' is adopted in other areas STIs will further increase. The Pill has its own dangers too and those using it need to be medically supervised.

This is a fine example of a failed education programme yet, rather than make the effort to analyse it and see its inadequacies, the Isle of Wight PCT have thrown up their hands in defeat. What a disgrace for a PCT. If I was a parent of an under-aged teenage girl I would be standing outside their offices 24 hours a day until they decided to stop endangering the life of my child. Also I would be insisting that I should be informed any time my child requested contraception advice. Where are the parents? Get out and protest about this now and take back the responsibilities which have been removed from you. Your daughters need you and now.


27 comments:

Sue said...

Knowledge can be a dangerous thing. I remember being utterly shocked during my first sex education lesson in Grammar School. I was 12 years old and I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I wouldn't mind but we learnt about reproduction using rabbits as an example, not humans.

We were children alot longer then. I still rode my bike and went out to play with the other kids. We are forcing our kids to grow up too quickly and it's doing them harm.

The state has no right to override the wishes of parents in my opinion. I would be livid if it were my daughters affected.

JuliaM said...

I wonder if the people who claim that these measures won't encourage underage sex are the same ones who constantly proclaim that of course cigarette advertising just must lead to more underage smokers..?

Because it seems to me you can't believe both to be true.

subrosa said...

Never had a sex lesson in school Sue and it didn't do my generation much harm I don't think. We had parents who spelt out the consequences. Was much more fun finding out yourself.

Strange the parents aren't making any noise about this. Must have a look at the likes of Mumsnet to see. Mind you, they're women who seem to like the government making their decisions for them.

Macheath said...

There's a 'lowest common denominator' at work here, I'm sure; because mothers like Karen Matthews are unlikely to educate or supervise their daughters responsibly, all parents are tarred with the same brush and the state has taken over.

One of my biggest concerns is that teenage boys - or older men - will use this news to justify demanding sex from their 13-year-old girlfriends.

Oldrightie said...

The failure of the law to protect underage kids from sexual activity is no longer applied. Were it to be done so, we might see a fall in pregnancies. The system of "career" pregnancy aided and abetted by political failure, on all sides is, is a significant factor in our decline.

subrosa said...

Not only that Macheath, I see a distinct sense of irresponsibility.

Yes your point is part of the fact that young girls, from the age of 13-16, now have no legal support from anywhere.

subrosa said...

How dreadful isn't it OR. No longer are children protected but actively encouraged by their sex lessons etc.

strapworld said...

Have they got a pills to prevent:-
■AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
■Genital Warts
■Gonorhea
■Syphylis
■Herpes
■Chlamydia
■Pubic Lice or Crabs
■Vaginitis
■Hepatitis

They are going to need them.

This is just further proof, if needed, how far the socialist breakdown of our way of life has gone.

subrosa said...

Jings strapworld, it's Monday morning. What a list to read. No they don't have cures for any of these diseases only treatments I'm told.

Furor Teutonicus said...

strapworld said...

Have they got a pills to prevent:-
■AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome)
■Genital Warts
■Gonorhea
■Syphylis
■Herpes
■Chlamydia
■Pubic Lice or Crabs
■Vaginitis
■Hepatitis


Probably not. But then Chav scum think;

Gonorhea
Syphylis
Herpes
Chlamydia
Vaginitis
Hepatitis

is a list of intetresting and vaguly Monglian (Chavs think Spain is in Mongolia) sounding names for baby girls.

Macheath said...

FT, easyjet's inflight magazine last month offered the chance to purchase the 'Chamilia' bracelet - 'Ooooh, lovely name - reminds me of something; can't think what'.

Richard said...

Subrosa ... shame on you. Experts are never wrong ... and especially if they wear uniforms and have lots of badges and baubles.

Rightwinggit said...

Old Joke..

What's the difference between love and herpes?








Answer; Herpes is forever....

subrosa said...

You forgot the gold-plated pensions Richard. :)

subrosa said...

That's the sad part Furor, all this education and they don't seem to know how serious any of these STIs can be to their health in later years.

subrosa said...

Really Macheath? I'm not doubting you at all, but doesn't that show the level of intelligence the advertising company possesses?

subrosa said...

Never heard that joke when I was a teenager Rightwinggit. I'd have thought Herpes was something to do with the stars I should think. It's one to remember to fit in when I'm talking to youngsters.

Joe Public said...

Simply implement & advertise a policy of no benefits whatsoever, to underage mothers.

[Except where a allegation of rape has occurred within 7 days of the event.]

(Grand)parents will soon get the message, and educate their daughters accordingly.

subrosa said...

Joe, grandparents don't seem interested. Most grandparents are around my age I think yet they seem reluctant to have any part in the lives of their grandchildren. That astonishes me when I hear that because I'm desperate to be a grandmother and I know I will be one day. I want to be an important part of my grandchildren's lives.

Part of this is because families live so far away these days. No longer can any child nip round to their granny for a chat. Some really good friends of mine only see their grandchildren twice a year at birthdays because they live so far apart and they feel they're surplus to requirements and don't want to impose.

Joe Public said...

It is the parents of the (underage) girls who will be the grandparents of any progeny resulting from illegal sexual activity by their daughter.

It's us Taxpayers who foot the bill. The schoolgirls are too young to have paid employment.

Concerning the age of grandparents in the above situations: the majority are in their 30's, some in their 40's and a few in their late 20's!

subrosa said...

Joe, I'm hoping to get comments from parents, in particular mothers. If I do then I'll post the best of them.

Joe Public said...

The best comment by a mother is probably:-

"He said if I put an Elastoplast over my naval, I wouldn't get pregnant"

subrosa said...

That's the type of thing we used to believe as teenagers Joe, but the threat of being given a belting by your father was the best contraception by far.

Macheath said...

...threat of being given a belting by your father...

Before the welfare state, an unplanned teenage pregnancy meant another mouth to feed on limited resources and the loss of potential earnings, providing families with a strong incentive for curtailing the sexual activity of their unmarried resident children.

It's ironic, isn't it, that Eurpoean funding supports health workers campaigning against child marriage in other parts of the world. This is from a post of mine (I've lost the original link - sorry!):

A reporter interviewed a young Ethiopian girl who expressed her delight and relief that her wedding had been postponed because a doctor said she was too physically immature. "Now I am happy that I can go back to school." she said, "I want to study and take my exams. Perhaps one day I too may be a doctor."

subrosa said...

Aye that's it Macheath. The irony continues as children complain about having to sit in cold schools to learn when there are children unable to go to school at all some countries. We pile money into these places too.

I remember reading that post of yours. Thanks for the link.

Macheath said...

Just to tidy up loose ends, I've found the link - it's from a Womans Hour report in Feb 2009.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/03/2009_07_tue.shtml

subrosa said...

Many thanks Macheath, I will go and read it now. Hope others do too.

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