Statistics show that the UK has the highest rate of teenage pregnancies in Western Europe, and second in the world, behind the US! So PRimage and Judy Viitanen agree with a Labour MP who is calling for free condoms to be given to young people as part of a campaign to cut teenage pregnancies. Chris Bryant wants them made available first in the 150 areas of the UK with the highest levels of teen pregnancy. Recent figures show there were 43.4 live births per 1,000 girls in his Rhondda constituency, above the Welsh average of 33.7. In England it is 28.9.
The MP has just launched a website, teenagemums.org.uk, and wants sexual health clinics at schools and colleges – he will be hosting a debate in Parliament’s Westminster Hall on Wednesday.
PRimage has also heard that parents could be sent sex advice packs when their children reach the age of nine, under a new drive to cut teenage pregnancies being considered by the Government. Let us know your views on this.