British Group Tells Government to Teach Abortion to Teens, 11 Year-Olds

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
September 8
, 2006

London, England ( — A group has advised the British government that it should institute new rules requiring the teaching of abortion to teenagers and girls as young as 11 years-old. The lessons about the so-called benefits of abortion should be compulsory, the organization claims.

The Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy said the forced instructions on abortion would be included in sex education classes.

The group, which submitted its report to Education Secretary Alan Johnson and pro-abortion Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt, claims the lessons are necessary so girls and teenagers "’can make an informed decision’ about whether to have" an abortion, according to an Evening Standard newspaper report.

The group also says the teachings should refute "myths" that abortions present a myriad of medical and emotional problems for women — citing the idea that abortion can lead to infertility as misleading.

Although the organization wants abortion taught to girls as young as 11, it says abortion less could theoretically start at the age of five in elementary grades.

Currently only secondary schools teach sex education courses and parents have the right to withdraw their children from the classes.

"We are concerned that PSHE programs very often avoid the subject and do not provide sufficient evidence-based information about abortion, therefore leaving pregnant teenagers ill-equipped to assess abortion as an option," Gil Frances, head of the advisory group, told the Evening Standard.

Phyllis Bowman of Right to Life countered that young girls are aware of abortion and are pressured too much to have one.

"It is absolute rubbish to say that young people do not know about abortion. They know only too much about abortion," Bowman told the newspaper. "

If teenagers are told that abortion does not pose risks for infertility, they will be told information that goes against most research.

According to the Deveber Institute in Canada, "No previous births and an earlier abortion put a woman at significant risk of post-abortion complications leading to possible infertility."

Endometriosis, miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies can lead to infertility and all can be caused by abortions.

A 1986 report, "Post-Abortal Endometritis and Isolation of Chlamydia Trachomatis," published in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology says that not only is it possible to contract endometriosis from an abortion, but that the risk is higher for teenagers.

The report says teenagers are 2.5 times more likely than women 20-29 to acquire endometriosis following abortion.

Research also shows that abortion can lead to infertility by increasing the risk of miscarriages.

A 1986 report in the medical journal Epidemiology reveals women with a history of abortion have a greater risk of fetal loss than women who had no previous abortions. Women with two prior pregnancies carried to term and no abortions had the lowest risk, while women with two prior abortions had the highest risk.

Meanwhile, a 1991 British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology article revealed that women with a history of abortion had a 1.5-1.7 times higher risk of ectopic pregnancy than women who had previously carried a pregnancy to term.

Research also shows that teenagers are better able to cope with carrying a pregnancy to term than with an abortion.

A new study published in August in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence finds that adolescent girls who have an abortion are five times more likely to seek help for psychological and emotional problems than those who keep their baby.

Each year in Great Britain around 4,000 abortions are performed on girls under 16, with another 35,000 on girls between 16 and 19.