RAGE AT SEX PILL FOR KIDS; Doctors step in after girl, age 11, gives birth.Worried doctors are giving the Pill to kids without telling their parents, it was revealed last night.
The move comes after one 11-year-old from Cork became Ireland's youngest mother.
But the doctors have been branded "immoral" by Church leaders. And top Munster politician Cllr Con O'Leary claimed doctors were giving young girls a licence to have sex.
Figures show that in 1995 a total of 57 girls aged 15 and under gave birth.
Another 209 girls aged 16 became mums. Only seven were married.
But Cllr O'Leary said: "I believe we should be told if our daughters under 16 have been put under any medication. They should not be allowed to go a doctor and get the Pill when they want.
"The Government must bring in some law and draw the line that kids can't get contraceptives unless they are over 15.
"There's something wrong somewhere and, as a parent, I resent re·sent
tr.v. re·sent·ed, re·sent·ing, re·sents
To feel indignantly aggrieved at.
[French ressentir, to be angry, from Old French resentir, what's happening."
A senior Church source said: "It's sending a wrong message to young girls. They shouldn't even be thinking about sex at that age, never mind taking the Pill.
"What they need is proper education to discourage them from having sex."
But a senior member of the National Association of Parents Support, Elizabeth Quinn, welcomed the doctors' move.
She said: "You can't physically stop children having sex. I'd rather doctors gave my child a Pill than see her getting pregnant.
"Girls getting pregnant at such a young age is bad for their health.
"Most teenagers won't go to their family doctor to get the Pill."
She added: "Many might disagree with Verb 1. disagree with - not be very easily digestible; "Spicy food disagrees with some people"
hurt - give trouble or pain to; "This exercise will hurt your back" me, but what doctors are doing is the lesser of two evils.
"We can't have 11-year-old girls getting pregnant, but that's what happening in this country.
"Last year we also had a girl who conceived at 12 years of age."
The Catholic hierarchy are furious at the move.
The new guidelines guidelines,
n.pl a set of standards, criteria, or specifications to be used or followed in the performance of certain tasks. for the doctors were drawn up by the Irish College Irish Colleges were centres of education for Irish Catholic clergy and lay people on continental Europe in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. The Colleges were set up to educate Catholics from Ireland in their own religion following the takeover of the country by the Protestant of General Practitioners general practitioner
n. Abbr. GP
A physician whose practice consists of providing ongoing care covering a variety of medical problems in patients of all ages, often including referral to appropriate specialists. .
Authors Dr Mary Favier and Dr Michael Boland said doctors were in a dilemma about what to do.
They believe doctors should encourage adolescents to tell their parents of their intentions and involve them in the decision-making - but they cannot force them.
The guide states: "Confidentiality is perhaps the most important concern for adolescents when consulting doctors, particularly if it is their family doctor.
"The doctor should talk to the girl and explain the consequences of her decision.
"If the girl is quite adamant she will continue to have sex anyway, then it is more pragmatic to prescribe pre·scribe
To give directions, either orally or in writing, for the preparation and administration of a remedy to be used in the treatment of a disease. contraception contraception: see birth control.
Birth control by prevention of conception or impregnation. The most common method is sterilization. The most effective temporary methods are nearly 99% effective if used consistently and correctly. and avoid a teenage pregnancy teenage pregnancy Adolescent pregnancy, teen pregnancy Social medicine Pregnancy by a ♀, age 13 to 19; TP is usually understood to occur in a ♀ who has not completed her core education–secondary school, has few or no marketable skills, is ."