OK -- what's stunning to me is evidently ho-hum to many, although at least there is a slight stir about this story.
But the researchers said that the overall rate of oral contraceptive use among girls aged 10 to 16 remained low, despite the medical and social concerns about the sexual health of teenagers.
Lets imagine: fifty-something, grandfatherly doctor doing check-up on eleven year old blond girl in paper wrapper and braces on her teeth, little feet swinging down from exam table, chatting with him about her soccer game and new kitten. What is he thinking as he hands over a prescription for birth control pills -- to whom -- her mother? her grandmother? Her fifth grade teacher?
Now the argument in favour of dispensing the Pill is this:
A spokesman from the BMA said that if the girl was determined to be sexually active then, given the risks of pregnancy and abortion, it might be the doctor considers giving her the Pill "the lesser of other evils".
When an eleven-year-old insists on anything against her best interest, it's time for her to be sent to her room and grounded until she sees reason. NOT appeased with access to dangerous hormones and making herself available to men pressuring her for sexual relations.
Will the rational adults in these situations please step forward?