Parental rights denied

Monday’s Daily Telegraph reported that school girls as young as 13 are being given contraceptive injections and implants during lunch-breaks without their parents’ knowledge.  School nurses have given implants or jabs to girls aged between 13 and 16 more than 900 times in the past two years, a survey by The Telegraph has found. Girls aged 13 have been given contraceptive jabs and implants on more than 20 occasions.  A further 7,400 girls aged 15 and under have been given contraceptive injections or implants at family planning clinics.

Foetus in the womb

From 1 April 2013, public health employees will be transferred to their local councils and contraception policy will be determined by elected members and not by invisible health officials. I suspect this may prove more difficult than many councillors presently imagine.  I have no parental responsibilities so I reflect on this issue from a distance but I think parents are entitled to be outraged to learn that a school nurse or some other NHS employee has provided contraception to a daughter without their parent’s consent.  Surely, a parent remains in control of their children’s care and moral position?  Surely, parents are entitled to be informed of decisions being taken about their children on their behalf?  I think they are and any other approach will weaken social responsibility and respect for our democratic institutions.

About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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