No significant action against Scotland’s high teen-pregnancy issue to date

November 1, 2007

Over the years, I’ve been noticing news of the high staggering rate of teenage pregnancy when referring to Scotland. Pick any news agency at random in the last few years and follow its coverage chronologically till present day. Pay close attention to the modifications made (and its results) to address the issue, and you’ll notice little to no change in the rate — the bottom line in this conversation (link) .

November 10, 2003 –Teenage pregnancies are higher in the UK than anywhere else in Europe, and though the figures are declining, Scotland has more than 9,000 every year.

Health Minister Malcolm Chisholm made a statement to the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday and launched a wide-ranging consultation on the 100-plus recommendations produced in the panel’s 92-page report.

Among them is a “sex czar” to oversee the implementation of the strategy. This person would be given the job of reducing the pregnancy rate among 13 to 15-year-olds by 20% by 2010. (link)

January 27, 2005 — Young people should be informed about sexual health services and have access to them, according to the Scottish Executive’s new strategy.

The issue of sex education, particularly in Catholic schools, has already provoked controversy.

The strategy is aimed at tackling high rates of STDs and unwanted pregnancy. (link)

April 14, 2005 — Health officials in Tayside are proposing to make condoms available free from chemists and other outlets near secondary schools.

It is one proposal in a new strategy aimed at reducing the high number of teenage pregnancies and abortions.

Dundee has the highest number of young teenagers falling pregnant in the whole of western Europe.

The condom scheme, however, has been condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as unacceptable and irresponsible. (link)

May 29, 2005 — School pupils across Scotland are being denied access to sexual health websites because of internet “firewalls”, a youth organisation says. (link)

March 29, 2006 — Caledonia Youth claimed it had been forced to close its Dundee branch following service cuts by NHS Tayside. (link)

October 30, 2007 — Reducing teenage pregnancy rates in deprived areas is a key government target, but there has been little change over the past six years.

More than 9,000 teenage girls became pregnant in Scotland in 2005, including 678 aged under 16.

The figures for 2005 showed a slight drop in the total number of girls under 16 who became pregnant.

The pregnancy rate for that age group has also remained fairly steady over the past six years, despite a government commitment to try to reduce it.

Dundee remained Scotland’s teen pregnancy capital, with 80 pregnancies for every 1,000 teenage girls. (link)


One Response to “No significant action against Scotland’s high teen-pregnancy issue to date”

  1. raycruzer Says:

    Needless to say I dont share a lot about my pregnancy with people after remarks like that. And my poor husband wonders why Im paranoid.

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