November 07, 2004

More Government Promotion of Underage Sex

Since pre-teen girls can't always be trusted with taking the morning after pill, the Government is now planning to give free condoms to 11-year-old boys. And they don't need to worry about embarrassment. They don't actually have to ask for them.

No, the Government has thought of a way to overcome that little stumbling block. Schools will hand out condom cards - to be popularly known as "C cards" - and all the boys need to do is hand it over the counter at a family planning clinic, youth drop-in centre, or chemist.

The hope is that this will be combined with girls of a similar age using their "U card". They present this without need for explanation to the receptionist at their doctor's surgery and they are taken through immediately to get the abortion pill.

Both cards are the size of credit cards so they will fit easily into a pencil case. They are printed with information about where the child can receive these services. They are being promoted heavily by the Department of Education's Teenage Pregnancy Unit in conferences hosted around the country. According to a Department spokesman, the scheme is already being taken up everywhere.

Posted by david at November 7, 2004 01:42 AM

Do they allow homeschooling?

Posted by: Huw Raphael at November 7, 2004 06:44 AM

Yes, and we have been considering it. I have always been a strong proponent of it.

Unfortunately, I don't think developments like this will lead to a big uptake in homeschooling. It is a very permissive society over here. And the Government doesn't want to be infringing on their right to choose, however young they are.

Posted by: Dave at November 7, 2004 01:28 PM