Teenage pregnancy – a symptom of ‘Eurochild’?
And failed catastrophically.
Labour have spent in excess of £300million on sex education, dished out millions of free condoms and pills, and facilitated interminable ‘advice and guidance’ sessions in order that all children will know about their ‘choices’. This has resulted in 7,715 conceptions in girls between the ages of 13-15, with an increase among the under-14s of 29 per cent.
All of this is, of course, illegal sex.
The figures for arrests resulting from statutory rape are not easily discoverable. However, the abortion figures are. And it transpires that half of all pregnancies to under 18-year-olds now end in abortion. In 1997, there were 43,700 pregnancies among the under 18s; in 2007 there were 42,900. That amounts to more than 21,000 abortion a year in the under 18s – or approaching a quarter of a million over the decade. For whatever reason, British rates of teenage pregnancy remain the highest in Europe.
Among the under 20s, the abortion rate rose from 33,300 to 44,000 over the same period. Across all age groups, there were 170,100 abortions in 1997, which has risen to 198,500 in 2007. And all of these figures are warped by the misleading classification of the ‘morning after pill’ as a contraceptive rather than an abortive.
And the Government’s response?
Labour have pledged a further £20.5million to spend on the contraception message, with new NHS schemes (= texting) to remind girls to take the pill. In order to ensure confidentiality and to prevent prying parents from interfering, these text messages shall be coded, such that ‘Call Alex’ or ‘Walk the Dog’ actually means ‘Alex wants a shag so be prepared’.
Sex education is as abundant as the millions of condoms and billions of pills provided to all these spotty hormone modules. Yet the more money is thrown at the problem – the more sex education is provided; the more contraception splashed about; the more abortion is made available on tap – the rates of pregnancy increase. Teenagers are taught about tastes and styles – they can be hetero, homo, bi or some combination of any of these and more. They are taught about positions and pleasure, rewards and risks. Sex is like lollipops: it is all as sweet and attractive as the candy delights of a Woolworth’s pick ‘n’ mix.
Unlike the topic of drugs, under-age sex is not condemned, so the assumption among children that it is good and healthy to ‘experiment’. It is all about their rights, encouraging them to assess their options, and God forbid that any teacher might try to teach them right from wrong. It is a choice, you see. And it is their choice, and so they have the right to make that choice. Just as it is their choice to have an abortion or not, so contraceptive and abortion advice and guidance are given to under-age children without any parental knowledge at all.
Which way is the Prime Minister’s ‘moral compass’ pointing through all this? Who is confronting Hazel Blears with her assertion that we must teach right from wrong?
Whoever it was who decided to relegate ‘sex’ to the biology laboratory is responsible for an irreversible social and sexual revolution. Sex is no longer about relationships, love, abstinence or discipline. It is no longer something which happens within a secure and stable relationship, with emotional maturity, an awareness of parental duty, knowing the boundaries.
Sex in Britain is as recreational as drinking beer and smoking a cigarette. And more teenagers equate alcohol and cigarettes with sex than would dream of thinking of abstinence, discipline or duty. Sex has become a god at the same time as the notion of family has disintegrated.
And at the same time as the emergence of ‘Eurochild’ – 'an active network of organisations and individuals working in and across Europe to improve the quality of life of children and young people. Eurochild’s work is underpinned by the principles enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child'.
Education became formally recognised in the Maastricht Treaty as a legitimate area of EU involvement, and the EU is becoming involved at all levels. There is an emerging ‘Commissioner for Children’s Rights’, whose role it shall be to make Children’s Rights ‘more visible, and ensuring coordination of the strategy with all services concerned’.
With EU-wide education programmes and EU-wide health services, all underpinned by such ‘values’ as universality, good quality, equity, solidarity, privacy and confidentiality.
Teenagers are citizens of the EU. They may indulge in sex to their heart’s content, for it is in accordance with nature. They can opt for contraception or not, for it is their choice. They can have access to abortion facilities, for it is their right.
But from what age?
The age of consent varies from country to country within the EU. In Spain it is just 13. In Italy, Hungary, Germany and Austria, it is 14. In Poland, Greece and France, it is 15. In the Netherlands, it is 16. Malta has the highest, with an age of consent set at 18.
These will all need to be harmonised.
Up or down?
It is often said that countries like Spain and Portugal have lower rates of teenage pregnancy because they are Roman Catholic. In the Netherlands, it may because of a strong Protestant heritage. And in these Christian countries, teenage pregnancy is still frowned upon. The logical corollary is that the UK is so awash with under-age pregnancies because of our wholesale abandonment of the Christian faith. There is no longer any shame, there is no sense of morality, and no appreciation of right and wrong.