The government has confirmed that teenage girls will not be forced to use contraception in injection form, despite reports that local authorities were being encouraged to persuade girls to have injections or implants.
A report in the Sunday Telegraph revealed that the government had sent letters to some local authorities, including Bristol, Manchester and Nottingham, where rates of teenage pregnancy are particularly high.
The authorities were told that it was "essential" for use of long-active reversible contraception (Larc) to be increased among girls as young as 13.
However, a government spokeswoman has now confirmed that "13-year-old girls will not be forced to have a contraceptive injection".
The Department of Health said in a statement that the government's policy is to ensure there is "access to effective contraception methods for those that are sexually active".
According to the Sunday Telegraph, which obtained documents under the Freedom of Information Act, the government wants contraceptive injections to be administered by more school-based clinics.
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