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LONDON, April 10, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Condoms, IUDs, and the abortifacient morning-after pill should be given students in high schools – including those under age 16 – free of charge and without parents’ knowledge or consent, says a British government agency.

In order to reduce Britain’s sky-high rates of teenage pregnancy, the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) says artificial contraceptives are to be made “readily accessible” for teens in schools, and school nurses should be allowed to dispense “emergency contraception” without a physician’s supervision or prescription.

Under the guidance, teenage girls who intend to have sex will be able to pre-order the “morning after” pill in bulk and keep it at home. Women and girls should be “encouraged to consider and choose a suitable form of contraception for their future needs,” the government’s guidance said, including long-term contraceptive implants. Health care workers should understand that they will be called upon to give underage girls the drugs “without parental knowledge or consent, in accordance with best practice guidance.”

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“Health professionals, including pharmacists, who are unwilling (or unable) to provide emergency contraception should give young women details of other local services where they can be seen urgently,” the document said.

While the medical establishment insists the morning-after pill operates merely as a contraceptive, the body of evidence suggesting it operates as an abortifacient, by preventing a newly-conceived embryo from implanting, is strong enough that one of the world’s leading advocates for the drug says women must be told of its abortifacient property.

Norplant and other long-term contraceptives that are administered by implanting under the skin, have been the subject of massive class action lawsuits in the US by women complaining of severe side effects. The implants contain levonorgestrel, a progesterone-type artificial hormone, released slowly to prevent pregnancy for up to five years.

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Anne Weyman, a former chief executive of the Family Planning Association, one of Britain’s busiest pro-abortion organizations, served as the chairman of the committee that developed the guidance. Weyman said the plan would reduce the abortion rate, admitting that “most sexually active young women” already use at least one form of artificial contraceptive and that abortion is the preferred back-up plan when those measures “fail.” “Most of the young women who become pregnant while still a teenager do not plan to do so. Nearly half of all pregnancies among 15-to-18-year-olds end with an abortion.”

The National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence is the national health care rationing body set up by the Labour government in 1999 to produce “guidance” on what drugs and treatments should be provided by Britain’s government-funded health system. In recent years NICE has rendered decisions allowing incapacitated patients to be dehydrated to death while allowing funding for artificial procreation treatments for single women. NICE was the body that developed and promoted the notorious Liverpool Care Pathway that has resulted in an estimated 130,000 deaths per year of vulnerable patients in British hospitals.  

In 2012, there were 253 pregnancies among girls under 14, three-quarters of which were ended by abortion. About 59.8 percent (3251) of pregnancies of girls under age 16 were “terminated” by abortion.

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