Girls given ‘secret’ contraceptive

Girls as young as 13 have been fitted with contraceptive implants at schools in Southampton, England without their parents’ knowledge, following a Government push on use of the devices to cut teenage pregnancies.

Parents have complained that their daughters were being fitted with the implants that are designed to stay in place for a number of years, without their knowledge.

According to NHS figures last year 1,700 girls aged 13 and 14 were fitted with implants, while 800 had injections that provided a similar effect.

Campaigners from the Family Education Trust say the implant will encourage promiscuity and the implants will not protect against infections.

Norman Wells, director of the trust, has urged health chiefs to look at ways of discouraging sexual activity amongst children in the first place.

He said: “Schemes like these inevitably lead to boys putting pressure on girls to have sex. The last thing they should be doing is fuelling the flames of promiscuity and the sexual health crisis with schemes that treat parents, the law and basic moral principles with contempt.”