Schools backed on contraception
MOVE TO PROVIDE GIRLS WITH PILLS PRAISED
The controversial decision for schools to provide under-age girls with emergency contraception has been endorsed by education watchdog Ofsted.
The schools inspectorate said yesterday that school nurses who administered hormone injections and the morning-after pill to girls who had sex without condoms were performing a “valuable service”.
In a report which enraged traditionalists, Ofsted said more schools should provide such facilities as part of moves to cut teenage pregnancy rates.
It followed the uproar sparked by an award-winning nurse’s admission that she gave an emergency contraceptive injection in the lavatory of a restaurant to a girl who got pregnant after a drinking binge.
But in its latest report on sex and relationships education, Ofsted flatly rejected calls by traditionalist organisations such as Family and Youth Concern for schools to teach young people that the only acceptable time to have sex was once they were married.
Norman Wells, director of Family and Youth Concern, said 23 research studies from 10 countries showed that giving girls the morning-after pill had failed to reduce “unintended” pregnancy and abortion rates.
He said: “Ofsted has swallowed the lie being peddled by the sex education and contraceptive industry that using contraception is the mark of sexual responsibility. Sadly, many young people have found to their cost that using a condom does not guarantee protection against sexually transmitted infections. True sexual responsibility is a matter of saving sex for marriage — and keeping it there once married.