Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sex clinics on School Premises

Researchers from the University of the West of England have claimed in a study that young people are more likely to visit drop-in sexual health clinics if they open on school premises. The study looked at 16 such clinics, which received around 500 visits from pupils as young as 11 every month.

Of the 515 pupils tracked over a 15-month period, over 100 girls were given the Pill or the longer-lasting injection, 55 girls were given the morning-after pill, nine had positive pregnancy tests and one girl was referred to an abortion facility no fewer than three times. Only 26% of youngsters in the sample were advised by nurses to delay sex.

David Paton, professor of economics at Nottingham University’s Business School was quoted in the Daily Mail as saying:
“Pretty much all the research on school-based family planning clinics suggests they have little or no impact on teenage pregnancy rates. There is a possibility that such services change the behaviour of some young people and may increase risk-taking sexual behaviour.”
In spite of the all too obvious failure of such policies, the British government is continuing in its efforts to impose contraception, abortion and ever more explicit sex education on schoolchildren, without the knowledge or consent of parents. It is little wonder that Britain is rapidly gaining a reputation as the teenage pregnancy and abortion capital of Europe.