Tuesday, November 15, 2005

More Insanity From The U.K.

The Daily Mail is reporting that one school in England is offering pregnancy tests to girls aged 11:
A school has been attacked for offering pregnancy tests to girls as young as 11 - without telling their parents it was setting up the scheme.

The initiative is intended to reduce teenage pregnancies in the surrounding area, which has one of the highest rates in Britain.

But the headmaster did not consult parents - a move being seen by critics as further evidence of families being denied a say over their children's sexual well-being.

Rising numbers of clinics at secondary schools already offer condoms and the morning-after pill. They have the power to do so without seeking parental permission.


(emphasis added)
My Comments:
How in the hell is giving a pregnancy test to an 11-year-old supposed to meet the stated policy goal of "reduc[ing] teenage pregancies"?

4 Comments:

At 11/15/2005 2:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps they really mean "reduce teen births" through abortion.

 
At 11/15/2005 2:52 PM, Blogger Pro Ecclesia said...

That's certainly my take. Although they must be working with a different definition of "teen" than I'm familiar with.

 
At 11/15/2005 3:15 PM, Blogger Rick Lugari said...

One supposes you can't know if you're being effective unless you take measurements along the way. ;)

 
At 11/15/2005 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I honestly don't understand the pregnancy test, did she request one or are they random?

 

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