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UK government calls for more contraception and sex ed to reduce teen pregnancies

14 March 2012

British government health ministers have called for more contraception and sex education in response to higher rates of teenage pregnancies in some parts of the country.

In a joint statement, Sarah Teather and Paul Burstow said: "The evidence shows that comprehensive education about relationships and sex (SRE), combined with easy access to effective contraception are the two essential ingredients for reducing teenage pregnancy. Every young person needs decent SRE and contraception advice" [Children & Young People Now, 12 March]

However, research by Professor David Paton has shown that promoting sex education and contraception does not reduce teenage pregnancy.

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