Soundings

Old men and young girls

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7053.368a (Published 10 August 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:368
  1. James Owen Drife

    Nine months on from last year's pill scare, the labour ward is groaning and the staff are full of wisecracks about the Committee on Safety of Medicines. Should the boys be named after the chairman? Are there any women members?

    Unintended pregnancy has always been a source of humour, provided it goes to term. Abortion is different—a reason for censuring women, but not serious enough for high profile prevention. Teenagers' use of condoms increased sharply after anti-AIDS campaigns aimed at men. We don't try so hard to help girls avoid abortions.

    In the early 1990s nearly half the 20 year old women in England …

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