Plans to Make Contraception Pills Freely Available to Taranaki Region Teens

Plans to Make Contraception Pills Freely Available to Taranaki Region TeensA new report has uncovered that as part of the Taranaki youth health strategy, it is being planned that girls as young as 12 years in age should be given morning-after pill meant to prevent pregnancy for free from the upcoming year.

The plans are to make it mandatory for pharmacies to provide the pills to people from 12 to 24 years in age n the Taranaki region for free. The strategy is to go to the Taranaki District Health Board for final approval in the month of February.

However, the report finds that the strategy has this week already been accepted by the board subcommittee. It is but being said that the teen pregnancy and abortion rates prevailing in the region are highly worrisome.

It is Bob McCoskrie, National director of Family First, who has been opposing the strategy saying that the system is medically flawed. Also, he says that the problem in teens need parental involvement and in no way, emergency contraception.

"What we should be asking is, why are children as young as 12 sexually active, what messages are teens receiving about sexual involvement, and what role are the parents playing"? Mr. McCoskrie was quoted as saying.

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