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Schoolgirls to order pill by text

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A scheme in Oxfordshire will see schoolgirls being able to request the morning-after pill by text message in response to a rise in the number of teenage pregnancies in the county.

Six schools will take part in the project, which will be launched in July, and child protection staff will step in if any girl aged between 11 and 13 uses the service.

The service will be introduced by Oxfordshire County Council and the Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust, which have refused to name the schools involved but said four are in Oxford and two are in Banbury.

Hilary Pannack, chief executive of teenage pregnancy charity Straight Talking, welcomed the move but called for more to be done.

She said: ‘I think it’s an excellent idea. But there needs to be more in place - there needs to be good quality sex and relationship education as well. Some girls won’t want to talk to people face to face, and the process of getting the emergency contraceptive pill should be made easy for them. It’s not going to cause promiscuity.

‘If it means them not going through the trauma of abortion, then it’s valuable.’

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  • If girls are having sex, surely it is better to increase access to emergency contraception than have them go through an abortion or unplanned pregnncy. I dont think it will promote promiscuity, it could enable the girl to tak responsibility fo her actions.

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