The pill without prescription
A new NHS report has suggested that contraceptive pills should be available to young teenagers at pharmacies without a doctor’s prescription. A trial in London found a significant drop in emergency contraception after the launch of over-the-counter access. The report suggests the service should be available to girls as young as 13. Two schemes already offer this in the Isle of Wight and Manchester. Do you think young teens should be able to buy the pill without seeing a GP?
The government is looking at changing the laws on domestic violence to cover 16 and 17-year-old victims. Many ‘slip through the cracks,’ being too old for child protection services but too young for help from domestic violence groups. Teenage girls are the group most at risk from violent relationships, according to the Director of Public Prosecutions. The National Domestic Violence Helpline is free and open 24 hours day. Call 0808 2000 247 or visit http://www.womensaid.org.uk/
Hilary Duff has revealed that she keeps her son's umbilical cord in a drawer at home. Positive pregnancy tests, dirty nappies … do you have any unusual baby keepsakes?.