Fury as Libraries Hand out Condoms to Children

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Fury as Libraries Hand out Condoms to Children


Byline: Kate Foster

CHILDREN as young as 13 are being offered free condoms in public libraries in a new scheme that has been accused of 'promoting promiscuity'.

Thousands of underage school pupils are being targeted in the initiative, whereby library staff are handing out condoms and lubricants as well as books.

Bags of the contraceptives are also being handed out free in community centres, High Street chemists and sports centres in an unprecedented [pounds sterling]168,000 'safe sex' giveaway funded by taxpayers.

The move is being launched to make access to condoms 'easier than ever' in an attempt to tackle Scotland's high rates of sexually transmitted diseases and abortions.

Under the scheme, libraries are supplying free condoms in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Anyone who wishes to obtain them can simply walk to the main desk, complete a card listing their requirements, hand it over to a member of library staff and walk out with a bag of condoms.

Last night, critics said they were appalled and warned the move would 'corrupt' young minds.

Eileen McCloy, of family rights group Not With My Child, said: 'Children go to the library for Enid Blyton and Harry Potter books. Are they going to be coming home with condoms? This is ridiculous. They are inciting children to commit a crime.' The Free Condoms - Ready To Roll scheme has been launched in the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, but could be extended across Scotland if deemed successful.

As well as public libraries, community centres, sports centres, GP practices and colleges are involved.

The condoms are also being given away at chemists, including Boots at both Central and Queen Street stations in Glasgow and branches of Superdrug.

Anyone can get the condoms, provided they say they are 13 or over. They need not register their name or give any personal details. No proof of age is required and parents do not need to give their consent. …

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