Right to Life challenges the proposal of academics from the University of Otago to have all teenage girls fitted with free contraceptive implants or intrauterine devices (IUD’s), before they become sexually active. They claim the objective is to lower the high number of teenage pregnancies and abortions.
This proposal is not only insulting to young women but is the very worst kind of social engineering. How is it that we can have academics promoting a policy that gives tacit approval to our school children engaging in promiscuous sexual behaviour. In fact this proposal would seem to us to actively encourage our school kids to be sexually active. It also infers that our children have no self respect, cannot exercise self control and that we cannot trust them. It is also degrading to teenage boys, for it gives them the clear message that they do not need to respect the dignity of women and be protective of their fertility which is a precious gift from our Creator. Is this the best that we can do for our teenagers?
We are now living in a world in which the most contrary ideologies are spreading to the nature and design of God on the family and on marriage. Why are we not educating our girls in the knowledge that there is beauty and grandeur in their vocation as women and in marriage and that they have the awesome privilege of cooperating with the Creator in bringing forth new life for the enrichment of the family and society.
Instead of promoting the above knowledge we seek to force on them contraceptives and abortifacients which are a threat to the health of all women. The Jadelle implant is a violent assault on women’s fertility, is carcinogenic and increases the risk of breast cancer, causes liver dysfunction, thrombosis, high blood pressure, nausea headaches and weight gain. Jadelle also does not protect a woman from sexually transmitted diseases or from Aids.
A woman’s fertility is precious; to be respected and protected. Filling her body with lethal and powerful hormones is like throwing sulphuric acid on a Rembrandt.
Of course if a young girl does get pregnant, Family Planning are always there to arrange a secret abortion; all of course without the parents knowing.
Family Planning’s chief executive, Jacki Edmond, apparently supports the proposal of the Otago academics, but alarmingly believes there should be even more choice available to school girls. She believes a wider range of contraceptives should be subsidised and access to comprehensive sexuality education widened.
Right to Life believes that ‘Family Planning style’ comprehensive sex education is one of the main problems in the first place and a contributor to our high teenage pregnancy rate and our high abortion statistics. Family Planning wants our year one school children to be taught about condoms at five years old. It is Family Planning which wants to ignore the wishes of parents by making comprehensive sex education made compulsory in all schools, with no children allowed to be exempt. We don’t need more comprehensive sex education in our school. What we need is abstinence sexuality education which produces healthy teenagers.
When is our community going to wake up to the damage that Family Planning is doing to our community? While the Otago academics promoting this move may be well intentioned they are very misguided. The government should reject their proposal. The government should stop listening to and funding Family Planning and listen instead to the parents of this nation who have their children’s best interests at heart.
Right to Life.