Originally posted by The Realist
Let me start by pointing out that I’m not walking up to this topic lightly, I have a child who is fast approaching the age we’re talking about here, so this isn’t just me spouting an existential philosophical viewpoint. I just want to deal with the facts.
If you think Sue Axon is correct in her application to force doctors to inform children’s parents about their sexual health advice and treatment, then can you please tell me which of the following points you disagree with:
1) Having sex under 16 is stupid, psychologically damaging and illegal. No-one under 16 should be having sex.
2) Young teenagers are going to experiment with sex, regardless of point 1.
3) As a consequence of point 2, some girls will fall pregnant.
4) There has to be a sensible, pragmatic policy to deal with these pregnancies when they occur.
Oh, wait a moment, there is. It’s the current law:
‘Current guidance for doctors and health workers states that it is "good practice" for professionals to try to persuade a young person under 16 to inform a parent if they are seeking sexual health, contraception or abortion advice, but doctors must respect their right to confidentiality if they refuse. In the case of abortion, if a girl will not inform her parents, then a doctor should make "every effort" to help her to find another adult to provide support, for example a specialist youth worker’
So why is Axon trying to change the law? A writer to the BBC’s online site argued: ‘This is one woman’s crusade to right her past. We should not 'all' be judged by this’. I wouldn’t go that far, however this one-woman campaign cannot be allowed to alter the current, humane and adequate public health policy. On the other side, some writers to the site asked ‘What kind of society are we living in?’
The cruicial issue at stake is the removal of confidentiality, which has to remain intact no matter what. Ending this would inevitably lead to even more horrific consequences for some: teen suicide, backstreet abortion, "honour" killings and runaways.
What kind of society would we be living in then?