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Thousands of teenage girls given birth control jabs at school, family planning clinics without parental consent or knowledge

Thursday, August 15, 2013 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Tags: birth control, teens, parental consent

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(NaturalNews) First it was Gardasil. Then it was flu vaccines. Today, thousands of teenage girls as young as 13 years old living throughout the U.K. are reportedly being secretly injected with birth control vaccines at schools and family planning clinics, all without parental consent or even parental knowledge that such activity is taking place outside their watch.

The U.K.'s Daily Mail reports that school nurses have already administered birth control shots to at least 900 girls aged 13 to 16 without permission since 2010, while another 7,400 girls aged 15 and under have been given the jabs at local clinics without parental consent or notification. And in actuality, the numbers are likely far higher than even this, as most schools and clinics either do not record the full number of shots they administer, or they refuse to release these figures publicly citing confidentiality laws.

Apparently in the U.K., underage children have more rights than their own parents do to opt themselves for potentially harmful vaccines, so long as teachers, school nurses, or public health officials are able to successfully convince them that doing so is for their own benefit. And if a child wishes not to tell her parents that she was injected at school, she is free to keep this information a secret, thanks to national laws that actually prohibit school nurses from notifying students' parents when students get vaccinated.

But 13-year-old girls are hardly mature enough to make an informed decision about whether or not to receive a birth control shot, especially since the jabs have the potential to cause some very serious side effects. The popular birth control vaccine Depo-Provera, for instance, can cause young girls to develop abnormal periods, excessive bleeding, chronic pain in the uterus, and other serious problems.

Free birth control shots encourage children to have more sex

The shots also give young girls the green light to basically have as much sex as they want, since they are presumably being told that the vaccines will temporarily prevent them from becoming pregnant. According to some school officials and health experts, giving birth control shots to minors also cheapens the concept of sex, which in turn has the potential to destroy young girls' ability to develop real relationships.

"Anything that trivializes or treats [sex] as something mundane or easy, particularly for young people, is damaging their ability to grow up and to properly form loving, lasting relationships," said Anthony Seldon, headmaster of Wellington College in West Berkshire, to the Telegraph. "It devalues sex, it makes it like an ordinary, everyday thing like going to have McDonald's."

Similar birth control programs are now taking place in the U.S. as well, with reports indicating that some New York City schools are also beginning to make birth control medications and shots available to young girls without parental consent. According to Voice of America, girls as young as 14 throughout New York will now have free access to a variety of birth control options, and that most parents are unaware of this.

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