By Deacon Nick, on February 9th, 2012
Following government minister's orders that councils fund the use of contraceptive implants in schools three years ago an unknown number of secondary schools and colleges have been giving girls as young as 13 implants without their parents knowledge or consent. School nurses, with the knowledge and co-operation of head teachers, insert devices into young girls arms which temporarily prevent pregnancy by releasing hormones into the blood.
It has come to light that implants and injections are being offered to girls in nine secondary schools and three sixth form colleges in Southampton under a scheme run by NHS Solent.
Last year 1,700 girls aged 13 and 14 were fitted with implants, while 800 had injections which have the same effect. The 2010/11 NHS figures also show that 3,200 15-year-old girls were fitted with implants, and 1,700 had injections.
One mother whose 13-year-old daughter was given an implant at a Southampton school said:‘I feel really angry…To perform a minor surgical procedure on school grounds, without parents knowing is morally wrong. “I cannot understand how this is allowed to happen. I have spoken to a lot of parents at the school and they were horrified to find out this was happening. As parents we want to protect our children and I feel that has been taken away from me.”
Tory MP Nadine Dorries said: ‘This is a violation of parents’ right to protect and nurture their children. It is a surgically invasive procedure being imposed on children without parents’ knowledge.’
Campaigners from the Family Education Trust say the implant will encourage promiscuity and the implants will not protect against infections. Norman Wells,director of the trust,has urged health chiefs to look at ways of discouraging sexual activity amongst children in the first place.
He said:“Schemes like these inevitably lead to boys putting pressure on girls to have sex.
“The last thing they should be doing is fuelling the flames of promiscuity and the sexual health crisis with schemes that treat parents,the law and basic moral principles with contempt.”
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