Tuesday, 28 April 2009
You Really Couldn't Make This Stuff Up...
Oxfordshire health officials are piloting a scheme which will allow girls to get the morning-after pill by text messaging a nurse.
They will open up this "service" to girls as young as 11 years, and six secondary schools in the area are to be required to take part in the scheme.
Apparently, the Catholic school included in the pilot scheme, St. Gregory the Great, is not going to be allowed to opt out because, "the texting service is outside the governance of the schools as it is offered outside of school hours."
Can someone please explain to me why, if the service is offered outside school hours, the schools need to take part?
This is appalling. Under the guise of "healthcare" the UK Government is sexualising our children, and undermining the role of parents. Stalin would have given his right arm to have such control over the population... for that matter, so would Hitler.
Parents generally choose to send their children to Catholic schools precisely because they believe that their children will be safe from this sort of thing.
Bishop William Kenney, Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham, has spoken out against the scheme. "It goes against the very central idea the Catholic church has on human life. It is sending out the message that it was better to deal with the aftermath of what people do, rather than the causes. I don't think this will help solve the teenage pregnancy rate and is taking away responsibility from parents."
I think that Catholic Action UK is absolutely right when they say that letters of support to Bishop Kenney might be appreciated. Bishop Kenney can be contacted by email. It is also worth people checking out the SPUC's Safe at School Campaign to see what is going on in our schools and how best to fight back.
Twitch of the mantilla to Hilary White at LifeSite News.