In England, birth control given at school without parental consent

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.

 

 

 

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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