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Girls, 13, ‘should be able to get Pill from pharmacies’ – Telegraph

In News, Really?!? on April 26, 2012 at 15:20

Enabling 13-year-olds to get the Pill direct from pharmacies might cut teenage pregnancies, but does it also undermine the age of consent?

And then there’s the other extreme. It’s such a complicated situation.  1) They shouldn’t be having sex. 2) Their parents should be making sure they don’t have sex. 3) Their parents are not going to stop them from having sex 4) They are not going to stop having sex. 5) They will likely have children if they don’t stop having sex, or go onto birth control. 6) You don’t want these children having children.  7) If you allow them to go on birth control… then society / parents have given up on stopping them from having sex. 


Girls, 13, ‘should be able to get Pill from pharmacies’ 

Some health authorities have held pilot schemes which cut out doctors when providing the Pill, arguing it is a good way to reduce teenage pregnancies. They have recommended the schemes are rolled out across the country, and have been supported by the government.

The Department of Health said pharmacies should be able to supply the Pill to under 16s if proper safeguards were in place.

Pharmacists “should be fully satisfied young people understand all the issues before they prescribe any contraceptive, including encouraging the young person to talk to their parents”, said a spokesman.

Managers in at least three areas have already decided to open their schemes to under 16s, while others are considering extending pharmacy provision of the Pill to those below the legal age of consent.

However, Christian campaigners have criticised the schemes, arguing they are “dangerous” and “undermine the law with regards to underage sex”.

In the Isle of Wight, 10 community pharmacies are providing the pill to any girl aged 13 or over, as part of a plan to cut its high teenage pregnancy rate.

Those under 16 must have an appointment with a specially trained nurse, who will ask if the girl has discussed the matter with her parents.

Kevin Noble, community pharmacy lead for the health authority, told Pulse magazine: “It’s a shame other schemes have shied away from providing the Pill to under 16s.”

He emphasised those accessing the service had already sought the morning after pill.

NHS Manchester and NHS Croydon have similar schemes. A Croydon spokesman said that “accredited local pharmacists” could provide the Pill to those under 16 who met “stringent requirements” known as the Fraser guidelines.

These include determining whehther the girl is likely to begin or continue having sex with or without contraceptives.


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