10-Year Old Schoolgirls Pregnant in UK: Shocking Survey Results

by Tanya Thomas on  February 11, 2010 at 8:47 AM Child Health News   - G J E 4
 10-Year Old Schoolgirls Pregnant in UK: Shocking Survey Results
Shocking survey results have revealed the sky-rocketing levels of teenage pregnancy in Britain. Even schoolgirls as young as ten often find themselves getting pregnant in England these days.

A 'Freedom of Information' survey conducted by The Sun shows that in the last eight years, 15 girls of ten and 39 aged 11 were found to be expecting.

Also, around 300 aged 13 or under get pregnant every year in England and Wales.

And since 2002 there have been 63,487 pregnancies among under-15s - almost 23 every day.

Sociology Professor Frank Furedi, from the University of Kent, said the figures were "tragic".

He said: "They show the consequences of the sexualisation of childhood."

Also, Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, added: "There are far too many schools telling children they are entitled to become sexually active when it is 'right for them'."

Anastasia de Waal, of think tank Civitas, said: "We have kids behaving as adults, not realising the complications.

"Often the girls feel they have to have sex to please their older boyfriends."

The youngest girl reported to be pregnant in the UK gave birth aged 12.

Source: ANI

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