LONDON, December 3, 2002 ( – Thirty British MPs are now backing a Parliamentary Motion for closer scrutiny of the Department of Health’s strategy to combat teenage pregnancy. Contrary to years of multimillion-pound information campaigns, the MPs say easier access to contraceptives such as the morning-after pill does nothing to help reduce teenage pregnancies.  “For 20 years the [Department] has pressured consistently for ever-easier contraceptive and abortion facilities for the young (without parental consent),” the MPs write, “claiming that this would lower our teenage conception rates. However we now have the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Europe and the second highest in the world.”  The MPs tried to dissociate the issue from the abortion debate, adding, “This is not about the morality of abortion or about the morality of distributing contraception to the very young. It is about the morality of adopting strategies when there is no clear indication as to their potential success and a considerable amount of evidence as to the damage they can do.”  For British coverage see:


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