Adults Need To Grow Up (Comment)
A thoughtful comment piece on adult attitudes to teenage sex from Rowenna Davis of The Guardian. While the teenage pregnancy and abortion figures are worrying we should perhaps welcome better clinics and education for our teenagers rather than show idignation at schools offereing such services.
Over the past week, the media spotlight has focused unrelentingly on the darker corners of the teenage bedroom. First came news of a 10% rise in abortions among under-16s. Then there was the "pregnancy pact" apparently made by up to 18 high school pupils in Massachusetts in the US, who are believed to have planned to conceive at the same time. And, at the weekend, headlines screamed about condoms and morning-after pills being handed out to children as young as 11 by school nurses.
But reacting with equal outrage to all of these stories just doesn't make sense. Underage pregnancies and teenage abortions do raise serious concerns, but schools intervening to promote access to contraception should not.