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Currently in Britain a Ms Sue Axon is attempting to have Department of Health guidelines that state doctors should try to persuade children to tell their parents or a family member if they want an abortion but if this is not possible then an abortion can take place without parental consent.

Mrs Axon, a mother of two from Wythenshawe in Manchester, claims the guidelines infringe her parental rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.

This is not true. In this current climate we are trying to encourage children to think about their sexual health. Many under sixteens will be far to embarrassed to even talking about sex in general with their parents. If the law is changed and parental consent must be sought for basic rights such as contraception then there will be a significant rise in the number of unwanted teenage pregnancies.

Along with our disagreement with proposed changes doctors and sexual health groups fear that scrapping confidentiality would drive teenage girls away from sexual health clinics. This, they fear, could trigger a rise in sexually transmitted infections and late abortions among those who delay seeking help because of their parents' reaction.
They argue those girls with violent parents, and those who have been the victims of family sexual abuse would be particularly at risk.
So please, for once, think about those who are under sixteen and how they may feel faced with the scary situation of being a teenage mother. The right to know will do nothing but damage.

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