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Schools backed on contracept­ion

MOVE TO PROVIDE GIRLS WITH PILLS PRAISED

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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.

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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.

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