According to The Telegraph, nine schools in Southampton have offered contraceptive implants to its students as part of sexual health clinics, without getting parental consent.
Girls as young as 13 years old were offered the contraceptives at school.
According to NY Daily News, “some girls were given contraceptive implants, and others were given shots after answering surveys about their sexual habits.”
According to National Health Service statistics, “1,700 girls between 13 and 14 were given contraceptive implants while 800 had shots.” It is unclear how many were done without parental consent.
Now I understand the reason for giving these teens contraceptives is to prevent unwanted pregnancies. However, I simply do not understand the schools’ logic behind not informing the students’ parents. Birth control hormones, whether it is the shot, pill or implant, can have side effects, and parents have a right to know in case their child were to suffer from one of the side effects.
Not only that, but it is morally wrong in my book to go behind parents’ backs and implant something in their child or give them a shot of hormones without consent. These are children, barely teenagers, and while they might understand what birth control can do- stop unwanted pregnancies- they might not understand the implications of the treatment. I know at 13 or 14 years old I would not be listening or worrying about the side effects. That is why it is important to have parental consent.
In The United States, most states have a law stating that you must have parental consent in order to get birth control. While this law varies state to state, it is in place for a reason.
Parents in England should be mad. These schools stepped way out of bounds by implementing birth control hormones to students without consent. Schools are a place of learning and educating. They are not a health clinic and should not think they know what is best for their students, especially regarding sexual health/activity, without getting consent first.