Perusing through the weekend papers, the headline “Which is worse: your child on the Pill or in the maternity ward” caught my attention, and had me pondering between the two.
I thought: “Why the hell would it be one or the other? Surely there is a third option: None of the above.”
But in a bid to prevent unwanted pregnancies, a pilot scheme from the NHS could get the green light in supplying the contraceptive pill to girls as young as thirteen.
I admit, I would much rather my daughter – should I have one – be on the Pill if I was pressed to decide, but when it comes down to it, I wouldn’t want her having sex at all at such a tender age.
Instead of a solution, I’m afraid this scheme may actually encourage sexual activities at a young age and become a form of incentive even.
Though it may seem like a decision that allows young girls to be responsible for their actions, there is the question of whether it’s somewhat reckless, given the fact that the legal age of consent is 16 – but something tells me that people have somewhat forgotten this.
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