Saturday, September 29, 2007

GMC: doctors shouldn't tell parents about under-age abortions

Briefing. Another attack on parental authority.

From SPUC: The General Medical Council, which regulates doctors, has advised doctors
that they need not, and in most cases should not, tell the parents of
girls between 13 and16 if they are given abortions, treatment for sexual
infections, or birth control. Doctors are advised to try to persuade
children between the ages of 13 and 16 to inform their parents, they have
been told not to tell parents unless they are given permission by the
child. Family groups Christian Voice and Family and Youth Concern
condemned the guidance. [Daily Mail, 28 September] SPUC comment: The
guidance seems geared to bring GMC advice into line with the 2003 Sexual
Offences Act and the 2004 Children's Act, which critics regard as seeking
to normalise sexual activity for 13 year-olds.

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen