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SPUC fights provision of birth control by schools

28 June 2002

SPUC fights provision of birth control by schools London, 28 June 2002--The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) is fighting government moves to make birth control available to school children of all ages. John Smeaton, SPUC's national director, said: "The government has declared war on parents' rights to bring up their children decently, and on unborn children. "Many of the birth control devices which are being given to pupils can cause abortion. These include morning-after pills which can cause an embryo to be expelled from the womb. "Parents have a right to be concerned about their children's welfare, including whether they are sexually active and what drugs and devices they are being given by strangers. "The government may run the country but it doesn't run the country's families, and parents will have to assert their rights and duties towards their sons and daughters. "Giving birth control to children could make schools complicit in illegal acts of under-age sex. "We in SPUC will be informing parents of this situation and giving them the means to fight back and make their views known to education authorities and the government. No wonder Ms Estelle Morris, the education secretary, is worried by this development. Her civil servants have been attempting damage-limitation but, this time, the spin won't work. The cat is out of the bag. "Morning-after pills are central to the government's teen-pregnancy campaign yet they're not working. Although morning-after pills are becoming more and more freely available, the trend in the recorded abortion rate is inexorably upwards, and those figures don't include the unborn children who are destroyed by the pills themselves. "SPUC has just prepared an inexpensive booklet on the type of birth control which cause abortion. We shall be promoting this publication and, along with it, the message that a lot of birth control isn't simply contraception but brings human life to an end. "A recent survey which pushed for greater availability of morning-after pills was co-authored by people with links to organisations which manufacture, sell and otherwise promote such pills."

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