News, 27 April 2012

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UK pilot study concludes that 13-year-olds should be able to buy birth control pills at pharmacies
A pilot study in south-east London has concluded that girls as young as 13 should be allowed to buy birth control pills at pharmacies. A report found that 46% of the girls involved in the pilot had not used the pill before. [Guardian, 25 April] Anthony Ozimic of SPUC commented: "Some years ago similar pilot schemes were conducted prior to the morning-after pill being authorised for prescription-free sale in pharmacies. It is clear that the main criteria for success in these studies is the uptake of teenagers using the pills. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy designed to mislead policy-makers."

UK Equalities Minister to promote 'family planning' in visit to Africa
Lynne Featherstone, Britain's Equalities Minister will promote so-called 'family planning' in a visit this week to Africa. The government announced that 'family planning' was one of the issues at the "top of the agenda" for the visit. [Home Office, 24 April]  The current British government has made supporting abortion, contraception and so-called gay rights priorities for its international development agenda.

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Sexual ethics

  • Speaker of the House of Commons to attend gay rights march [Pink Paper, 27 April]
  • Papal nuncio to Great Britain speaks out on sexual ethics [Catholic Herald, 27 April]
  • UK pilot study concludes that 13-year-olds should be able to buy birth control pills at pharmacies [Guardian, 25 April]
  • Britain has world's 3rd highest proportion of sexually-active teens, study suggests [Mail, 25 April]
  • UK education minister says educational success can reduce need for school sex-ed [Telegraph, 24 April]


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