Sunday, December 30, 2007

Pregnancy targets 'to be missed'

BBC reports,

'Teenage pregnancy rates in the UK are the highest in Western Europe

Ministers are to step up efforts to reduce teenage pregnancy rates after a report found the government was set to miss a target to halve them by 2010.

The Department of Health's annual report said teenage pregnancy rates had been cut by just 11.4% since 1999.

But ministers have said rates are at their lowest for 20 years and efforts are being "redoubled" to hit targets.

The Family Education Trust charity told the Sunday Telegraph the report showed the government's strategy was failing.

The problems...will never be solved so long as the government persists with its reliance on yet more contraception and sex education " says '"Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, (who) told the Sunday Telegraph that the government had allowed the "systematic removal of every restraint that used to act as a disincentive to under-age sex".

"The problems associated with teenage pregnancy will never be solved so long as the government persists with its reliance on yet more contraception and sex education," he said. '

Well said Norman but I doubt if our immoral sex obsessed government is listening. How much does Durex and other contraceptive manufacturers donate to Labour? Not that Cameron's lot are any better .The politicians sleep around as do the NHS workers in the sex education industry. So they would be hypocrites to teach what is necessary, CHASTITY BEFORE MARRIAGE.


Anonymous said...

I think attacking contraception is short sighted. It prevents the spread of sexually transmitted diseases for one. Another thing we are now thank heavens way beyond back street abortions. I think sexually active teenagers need a loving and caring home and family which most don't seem to have. It is ok to idealise this but without a stable family background they become quite promiscuous at a rather young age. Providing contraception merely prevents it escalating further. Do you honestly think stopping contraception will stop teenage sex? I think it is frightening though.

Graham Weeks said...

I am not attacking contraception but the sole reliance upon it as a remedy for the problem of teenage pregnancy. Only one form of contraception offers any king of protection against STDs and that not a guaranteed one. I am not for attacking contraception but for the promotion of self-control, chastity and fidelity. Stable families are essential but our presnt powers that be are incapable of even properly defining who or what constitutes a family let alone a stable one.

Anonymous said...

I think one of the problems is definitely the loss of the extended family. Also from ayoung age if children have poor role models what chance have they got of develoing happy healthy relationships that does not include teenage pregnancies. As I grow up now and reflect back to when I was a teenager (I am considerably lder now at 40) I thibk back. Even when I was 15 teengaers got into trouble but far less than now.

Graham Weeks said...

When I was 17, only one of my classmates claimed to be sexually experienced.