Verrrry interesting article on News Letter from Northern Ireland. "Will the Government's offer of contraceptive jabs to all women over 16 solve the problem of unwanted pregnancies amongst teenagers, or is it likely to cause a wave of promiscuity with subsequent health disasters on a scale this country has never seen before?"
The author Jackie McGregor reports the downside of "jabs" (injections) such as Depo-Provera, which may include increased risk of heart disease and an increase in sexually-tramsitted diseases (STDs), including chlamydia. Since 2001, chlamydia has taken over in Ireland as the most commonly reported STD. One of chlamydia's side effects is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, which can lead to infertility in women. Since chlamydia has no symptons, many women are unaware that they have it.
The author asks: "But what about the moral and emotional consequences it will have on young people today, and why has this Government chosen to ignore the American form of education for young women which has dramatically reduced the rate of teenage births in various states? There, young women are being encouraged to simply say 'no'. In fact, romance is the new buzzword to many young Americans." Wow!! It's unusual to find this viewpoint in the European press.
McGregor continues, "Society is throwing open the doors of promiscuity to teenagers, instead of protecting them. With easy contraception available, there is no longer any reason to say no." Amen, Jackie!