Oral contraception available in English schools

Almost 1,000 schools in England are offering girls oral contraception without the knowledge of their parents.

The pills are even being given to girls as young as 11 as part of the government's drive to keep teen pregnancy rates down, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph.

The news provoked an outburst from the Family Education Trust's director, Norman Wells, who claimed that making oral contraception more accessible does not help reduce the rate of unwanted pregnancies.

"Research shows making the morning-after pill more readily available doesn't make the slightest difference to unintended pregnancy and abortion rates," he said.

"In fact there's evidence it may be making matters worse. Confidential school clinics enable boys to put even more pressure on girls to have sex as Mum needn't know anything about it."

Meanwhile AFP reports that the Vatican has claimed the contraceptive pill is polluting the environment and may be partially responsible for male infertility.

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