Abortion Guide for Schoolgirls Aged Just 14; School Leaflet Offers Phone Numbers for a Termination

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SCHOOLGIRLS as young as 14 are to be told how to get an abortion in a controversial sex education campaign.

Literature to be offered to schools gives pupils a host of reasons why they should have a termination if they become pregnant. And the campaign by the contraceptive advice group fpa, formerly the Family Planning Association, reassures teenagers: 'Most women who choose abortion do not regret it.' It also tells schoolgirls, the youngest of whom will be two years under the age of sexual consent, to 'plan ahead' for having intercourse 'if you're not sexually active'. The campaign, aimed at 14 to 18-year-olds, has been launched to take advantage of Government sex education guidelines that, for the first time, say schools can teach about abortion.

However, it ignores the stipulation by Education Secretary David Blunkett that such teaching should not polarise views and pays scant regard to his requirement that teenagers should be encouraged to delay having sex.

Spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland Monsignor Tom Connelly said the leaflet did not give teenagers the full picture of abortion.

He said: 'A leaflet like this in schools makes abortion seem legitimate and an easy option, but will they show them a video of an actual abortion?

'They need to talk to teenagers about relationships not the mechanics of sex. …