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Parents are an untapped resource in sex education

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 14 September 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:600
  1. Rachel G Pryke, general practitioner (
  1. Winyates Health Centre, Redditch B98 0NR

    EDITOR—It is almost 20 years since Victoria Gillick tried to force doctors to obtain parental consent before treating children. Paradoxically her legacy was to remove any parental role in the provision of contraception for young people.

    Britain now has the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe and the second highest in the world. Government led attempts to reduce it have focused on endless teenage initiatives, providing ready access to free contraception …

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