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Pill should be made available over-the-counter to under 16s, says report

By on Thursday, 26 April 2012

A pro-life charity has strongly criticised an NHS report which suggests that the pill should be made available over-the-counter without prescription to under 16-year-olds.

The study by NHS South East London conducted a pilot scheme in the area which found a significant drop in emergency contraception after introducing over-the-counter pill access.

The report recommended over-the-counter access for girls as young as 13 in order to combat teenage pregnancy.

But the charity Life which deals with crisis pregnancies and treating fertility said that such a scheme would be, “morally wrong.”

In a statement they said: “You don’t put out a fire by pouring petrol on it, and you don’t solve the problem of premature sexual activity among young teenagers by enacting yet more measures that helped to create a culture of sexualised teenagers in the first place. There is very little real evidence for the effectiveness of this kind of measure, even among over-16s, and in it is hugely morally wrong for the government to drive a wedge between parents and their children by becoming complicit in children deceiving their families. Under-16s are children, whatever campaigners may say, and the formation of a good and honest relationship with their parents is vital at that age.

“The ideological blinders of the health authorities prevent them from looking honestly at the causes of teenage pregnancy and the limitations of their own approaches. They also seems totally uninterested in addressing the huge problem of STIs among teenagers, a problem which is not addressed in the slightest by the provision of hormonal contraceptives.

“The bottom line is that a Government that claims to be interested in strong families and communities should not countenance this measure. There is a growing body of evidence, compiled by researchers like David Paton, that confidential contraceptive provision to teenagers is not only ineffective in preventing teenage pregnancy, but actually exacerbates the problem.”

  • JabbaPapa

    Revolting — the proper response to pregnancies of 13-year-olds is to launch criminal investigations.

    The proper means for the prevention of such pregnancies is sensible, clear-minded, and honest religious education.

  • David Lindsay

    How can a drug as
    powerful as the Pill ever be used other than under the strict direction
    of a physician, never mind be used on the body of an early adolescent? And
    obviously, it has no purpose except to facilitate sexual intercourse. There is
    no comparison with vaccination against cervical cancer, which may or may not
    encourage a young girl to become or remain sexually active. Putting her on the
    Pill can have no other purpose. Hiding this sort of thing from parents is the
    classic behaviour of the child abuser and his victim.

    Femaleness has been classified as in
    itself a medicable condition by means of the contraceptive pill, which is
    simply not a medicine at all. It is, in point of fact, a poison, designed
    precisely to stop healthy body parts from performing their natural functions,
    and accordingly attended by all manner of horrific side effects, for no reason
    except to make women permanently available for the sexual gratification of men,
    and despite the unrivalled effectiveness of Natural Family Planning if it is
    taught and practised properly, a practice only possible by a faithful married
    couple. The Pill, in turn, has wrought havoc by filling our water supply with
    synthetic oestrogens.

    Following logically, maleness itself
    has also been so classified, leading to the heavy medication of boys purely for
    being boys, by means of Ritalin and other powerful “treatments” for largely or
    entirely invented conditions. The impact of antidepressants on the rise of
    violent mental illness, especially among young men and teenage boys, also calls
    for the most unflinching examination. As does the impact of cannabis on the
    rise of schizophrenia, and by extension also on lung cancer, mouth cancer,
    throat cancer, brain tumours, serial miscarriage, low birth weight, male and
    female infertility, impotence, and a huge number of other conditions.

    Public money is lavished on those who
    bear the name of Marie Stopes, author of extravagant, versified love letters to
    Hitler. Marie Stopes, who disowned her own son because he married a woman who
    wore glasses. Marie Stopes, who campaigned for the compulsory sterilisation of
    “the C3 population”, of “half-castes” and of “revolutionaries”, among numerous
    others. Marie Stopes, who opened dozens of clinics in working-class areas to
    reduce the number of “undesirables” by persuasion if force were politically
    impossible. Yet those clinics now retain the right to “counsel” women
    considering the abortions that they have a gigantic financial and an
    immeasurable ideological interest in ensuring go ahead.

    They still carry the
    name of Marie Stopes. Our televisions now carry their adverts. Our 50p stamps
    have recently carried her image. And we all carry the shame. As they do across
    the Atlantic, where tax dollars fund the heirs of Margaret Sanger, whose stated
    primary objective was always to prevent black babies from being born, the
    objective still pursued above all others by her successors, so that “Planned
    Parenthood” would more accurately be called “Planned Genocide”.

  • Pilgrim

    There is an interesting hypothetical situation that arises from this:

    * The pharmacist has to take a history and be assured that the young girl can understand his or her directions (as per the safeguards in the trial areas).
    * During the taking of the history a 14yr old female discloses that her boyfriend is in fact 17 and (let’s keep it simple) she wants to BEGIN a sexual relationship with him.
    * The age of consent in the UK is 16.
    * Therefore sexual activity between the two would be an offence (Underage Sexual Intercourse [USI] rather than Rape I think technically) because the male would be having relations with a girl who could not consent to them in law.


    Does the pharmacist give the medication – knowingly facilitating a situation that will result in a sexual offence (and if they did would they share crminal responsibility) or do they report the child and her partner to social services – as a vulnerable person at risk of being the ‘victim’ of a sexual offence?


  • JByrne24

    Does the pharmacist give the pill? Answer: Yes. This is exactly one situation intended to be covered. It’s a common situation, not in the least hypothetical. 
    The police, as a matter of course, frequently “tune” various laws, so as to make them sensible and workable in the real world. A 1 year (or several year) age difference and the knowledge that the girl “consented” in a meaningful way, rather than a strictly legal way, would be understood by everyone without an axe to grind.


  • Gavin Wheeler

    Except studies show, repeatedly, that teen pregnancies are more common in more religious communities. Not less.

    “Increased religiosity in residents of states in the U.S. strongly predicted a higher teen
    birth rate”

  • Parasum

    Two words: Victoria. Gillick.

  • Parasum

    But, does that hold in the UK as well ?

  • Gavin Wheeler

     I don’t know of any similar studies comparing different communities in the UK, although there are global studies comparing whole countries including the UK.

    Nor am I claiming that this proves that education centred on abstinence and excluding contraception cannot ever reduce teenage pregnancy as well as approaches including contraception, just that these studies suggest it doesn’t do so reliably as yet.

  • Fr.Thomas Poovathinkal


    “And obviously, it (THE PILL) has no purpose except to facilitate sexual intercourse.”