Sheps wrote:Frankly, I don't think 13 year old girls should be able to 'pop into the chemists' and get EHC.
I may be wrong, but I understood that intercourse with someone 13 or under was statutory rape. How long before we're doing abortions in the consulting room????
I have discovered in myself a serious tendency to a bad temper - I have to count to 10 sometimes now, and even then it doesn't work. However this post turns out, you can read between the lines and realise it is actually a real rant.
Sheps - how could you. Why do we need the Daily Ferret when you do the job so much better. 'pop into the chemist' - do you really think I do that job so unprofessionally? Who do you suggest would do it better?
Unlike Bob's experience, generally girls round here do not make getting pregnant at 13 a career choice. You and I might agree that it is regrettable that they are sexually active at 13 (and its 12 and under that is statutory rape) but they need help not judgment.
They come into the pharmacy with a bunch of mates for support. There is no way that they would ever make an appointment with their GP, they would be too scared of their parents finding out. This gives me an opportunity for very detailed discussions about life, sex and protection - not to mention including a Chlamydia test. The realistic alternative for them is a termination or a baby, not I would suggest a better outcome.
One of my core desires for this year is raising the standing of pharmacists - if we stab ourselves in the back like this, what chance any onlooker would have confidence in us?Lindsey