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Mimi ON Sep 24, 2010 AT 3:17 am

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Should pregnancy clinics be introduced in schools?

Teachers in the UK seem to have gone completely mad. They’ve backed plans to set up antenatal clinics in schools for pregnant teenagers. Health watchdog NICE found pregnant women under 20 often felt excluded from antenatal care in hospitals.

Fair enough, so why not address that problem in hospitals rather than bringing it into a brand new environment? My biggest concern with this is that we will be normalising schoolgirl pregnancy. Teenage pregnancies shouldn’t be seen as normal. They’re not and despite the gift of a child many young women are just not ready for that life changing chapter at such a young age.

It will only take a couple of girls to see this as a viable option, and hey ho, we have a little pattern emerging. How will it actually work and how can one justify a pupil missing classes to attend antenatal clinics. Teenage girls are also entitled to exactly the same care and services as women who are 20, 30 and 40. If they are, as the report suggests feeling excluded it is the responsibility of the hospital to change this, not bring it into the classroom.

Until next week dear readers

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