Girls as young as 11 will be able to obtain the
morning-after pill at a London school without their parents’ consent.
If the scheme at Chestnut Grove School in Balham is
successful, it could be extended to every secondary school in Wandsworth, a
borough which has the fifth highest teenage pregnancy rate in inner
Margaret Peacock, the headmistress, said her school was
trying to behave responsibly.
She said under-16s could already obtain the pill without
their parents’ consent from hospital accident and emergency units and
“The school governors thought it would be better for
children to receive counselling from the school nurse at the same time. If the
child is under age, loud bells will ring and the case will be treated as a child
…Sheila Crouch, Chestnut Grove’s nurse, said: “If a
pupil comes to me for advice about emergency contraception I can only inform
them of relevant clinics. This delays the process. The sooner the young person
takes the first dose of the Levonelle-2 pill the more likely it is to
prevent a pregnancy.” Full
I think this school nurse might need an update on her
education, pregnancies don’t occur a day after having sex. This is like
arresting and executing someone after they have committed a murder and then
saying you have prevented a homicide.