Bishop Kenney steps up on underage MAP service

Bishop Kenney, Auxiliary in Birmingham, has sensibly criticised a scheme which will allow underage girls to get the morning-after pill by text messaging a nurse. (See: Telegraph article).

Bishop Kenney said of the scheme:
"It goes against the very central idea the Catholic church has on human life. It is sending out the message that it was better to deal with the aftermath of what people do, rather than the causes. I don't think this will help solve the teenage pregnancy rate and is taking away responsibility from parents."
A striking feature in the Telegraph report is the assertion that the Primary Care Trust will get involved if any child aged between 11 and 13 asked for contraception.

It is early abortion, actually. But in any case I thought the age of consent in the UK was 16.

Well done Bishop Kenney! You can send messages of support to him at

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