It used to be that schools were institutions in which one learnt to read, write and wield a hockey stick. Now, at least in nine schools in Southampton, school is also the place where 13-year-old girls can be fitted with contraceptive implants without their parents’ knowledge.
The implant is a plastic tube that continuously releases hormones that prevent pregnancy, and requires a minor surgical procedure to insert it beneath the skin. Its effectiveness lasts for three years: in the case of a 13-year-old, just long enough to bump her neatly up to the age of consent.
Ah yes, the age of consent. Remember that? It currently stands at 16, which makes it illegal to have sex with anyone under that age. If a boy has sex with a girl between the ages of 13 and 15, he could theoretically go to prison for two years, and if she is under 13, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment. In such cases I presume that the name of the boy concerned would be entered on the sex offenders register, and seriously damage the remainder of his life. Read More