British NHS Trust Implanting Contraceptives In Girls As Young As 10
January 17, 2015 4:37pm PST
In Great Britain, socialized medicine is supposed to ensure that all British subjects may avail themselves of necessary healthcare as provided by the National Health Service (NHS). Several NHS trusts for various functions are available to residents of a geographical area. Some such “trusts” are not behaving properly.
The age of consent to sexual acts in the UK is 16. Numerous NHS Trusts, however, are implanting Nexplanon in girls as young as ten. In many cases, it appears the consent of parents and guardians has not been obtained before implantation. Growing concerns of the exploitation of these children is finally bringing this matter to light.
What is Nexplanon? According to drugs.com:
What is Nexplanon (etonogestrel (implant))?
Etonogestrel implant contains a hormone that prevents ovulation (the release of an egg from an ovary). This medication also causes changes in your cervical mucus and uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to reach the uterus and harder for a fertilized egg to attach to the uterus.
Etonogestrel implant is used as contraception to prevent pregnancy. The medicine is contained in a small plastic rod that is implanted into the skin of your upper arm. The medicine is released slowly into the body. The rod can remain in place and provide continuous contraception for up to 3 years.
Etonogestrel implant may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What is unclear, however, is why trusts in the NHS are implanting this contraceptive in very young girls. In fact, it has never been tested on anyone under 18.
Safety and efficacy of Nexplanon have been established in women of reproductive age. Safety and efficacy of Nexplanon are expected to be the same for postpubertal adolescents. However, no clinical studies have been conducted in women less than 18 years of age. Use of this product before menarche (first menstrual cycle) is not indicated.
According to information obtained through repeated Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, NHS Trusts have self-reported the numbers below:
BREAKDOWN OF THE AGES OF GIRLS GIVEN THE IMPLANT
10 years old: Three girls
11 years old: One girl
12 years old: 53 girls
13 years old: 281 girls
14 years old: 3,032 girls
15 years old: 6,208 girls
A spokesman for South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: ‘Contraceptive implants for girls under the age of consent are not issued lightly. Serious consideration is given to each individual situation including liaising with the patient themselves, the Safeguarding Team and with the patient’s parents or guardians.
‘Implants would only be used where it is in the girl’s best interests and where consent is given by the parents or guardians.’
How much “serious consideration” could have been given to 9,578 reported cases? Will this set these girls up for sexual abuse or exploitation? Is this in America’s future? Is this what the unholy alliance of Obamacare and Planned Parenthood could be bringing to a town near you? What possible reasoning could there be for giving a birth control implant to a 10-year-old?
Regardless of religious and/or political beliefs on the matter, further investigation into these practices is necessary. It would also be wise for U.S. Citizens to determine if public health departments and the “free” contraceptives they offer include implants for elementary school girls.
H/T: Daily Mail
Written by Holly Rennels
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