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Saturday, December 3, 2016
Rise in abortions for girls under 14
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¬†Pro-life charity LIFE has expressed concern at the news that 1,171 girls in 2003 aged 14 and under had abortions - a rise of 8% since 2002. Nuala Scarisbrick, Trustee of LIFE, said: "The government tried to suppress these statistics because they expose yet again the failure of their Teenage Pregnancy Strategy, which is costing the taxpayer at least £138 million. "The tragic facts behind the statistics are that children are being encouraged by government officials to be sexually active when they have barely reached puberty. Yet sex is still illegal for under 16s. The disgraceful rise in pregnancy and abortion in underage girls, and sexually transmitted infections among underage girls and boys proves yet again what LIFE has said for years: there is no such thing as 'safe sex' for children. "These statistics do not include the abortions done by the morning-after pill' which is freely available in many chemists. So the real total of abortion is much higher. "Many young girls have sex with older males. The government's sex education policies have condoned, if not encouraged, criminal sexual abuse of young girls by older males, with the tragic consequences to physical and emotional health caused by abortion. "LIFE's education programme, which is welcomed in every type of school, helps boys and girls to understand the facts about the damaging consequences of sex, and to understand why to say 'No', to respect themselves and others. We know our message works - but the government refuses to fund us, while pouring money into the sex and abortion industry. "LIFE gives full support and help to any young pregnant girl and her family. We know that abortion not only kills the unborn baby but is deeply damaging to the mother and to her family. LIFE's crisis line 0800 849 4545 receives many calls from confused and sometimes desperate girls and is able to give them positive and loving support." Source: LIFE
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