Britain has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in Europe, and a government initiative to lower the rates in Southampton has parents up in arms.
Girls as young as 13 have been receiving contraceptive implants in school, regardless of parental consent. Nine schools are reportedly involved in the program.One angry mother says it is “morally wrong” to implant the device, and the procedure has led to serious mood swings and weight gain in her 13-year old daughter.
The mother added, according to the Southern Daily Echo, “If she has a headache at school, the school calls to ask if they can give her a paracetamol or if she needs a tooth out, before surgery the dentist asks me to sign a consent form.” She said her daughter merely had to fill out a questionnaire and have a consultation before undergoing the procedure, and there were no follow-up appointments scheduled.
According to Mail Online, the contraceptive implant Nexplanon is a 4cm thin flexible tube that is fitted under the skin of the upper arm. The implant releases a hormone progestogen, which prevents an egg from leaving the ovary, and has been 99 % effective in stopping pregnancies.