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CPHVA 40 Bermondsey Street
London SE1 3UD
Letters Editor
The Guardian
119 Farringdon Road
London EC1R 3ER
Dear Sir/Madam
The Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association fully supports school nurses giving emergency contraception to girls under 16 without their parents’ knowledge.
The House of Lords Gillick ruling maintained that the key factor is the girl’s competence to understand the issues involved, and not the granting of parental permission. School nurses are acutely conscious of the gamut of emotions that the young women are experiencing after unprotected sex and act with the utmost professionalism.
Britain has the unenviable record of being top of the European table for teenage pregnancies. The CPHVA, which represents 60% of the UK’s 2,500 school nurses, believes giving emergency contraception to young women is one of the most important ways of curbing this disturbing trend, and the untold misery and heartache it causes.
Yours faithfully
Pat Jackson
Professional Officer, School Nursing and Public Health
Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association