THE BIG DEBATE: Should 13-year-olds be given free contraception?
The figures for teenage pregnancy in 13-15 year olds in Lincolnshire have dropped from 7.2 per 1,000 in 2010 to 6.7 per 1,000 in 2011. Access to condoms is available via the C Card registration scheme which is offered to all 13-19 year olds. There has to be confidential assessment and registration before teenagers as young as 13 can collect condoms but this week's Big Debate asks if 13-year-olds should be given free contraception…
Victoria Di Maro, 34, restaurant owner, Lincoln
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“I really do think 13-year-olds should have access to free contraception without their parents’ consent.
“If they are seeking contraception it means they’re already sexually active.
“Abortion is absolutely horrific, it’s life-changing and the effects are long-term.
“So anything that prevents a young girl going through that has to be a good thing.”
Peter Tuck, 27, joiner, Lincoln
“A 13-year-old having sex just isn’t right and it’s just a case of children having children if society accepts it.
“And they will get younger and younger. You see 14-year-olds pushing prams and smoking, but it doesn’t mean it’s right.”