The Latest: The Church of England to Give All Its Children Birth Control in 2018
JAMES RIVER, England — The Anglican Church of Scotland has announced a new policy that would require all children under age 15 to be provided with birth control.
The change comes after a rise in child abuse cases in England and Wales.
Its new policy, first reported by the BBC, calls for the provision of birth control for all children over the age of 15.
It comes after the church issued an order last year to give all children the birth control pill by next June.
This will be a mandatory pill given to every child under the age or the age group where they are at, as well as their parents.
In the meantime, any children under the ages of 15 and 16 will have to take an oral contraceptive, according to the policy.
If a child is at an age where it is unsafe for them to have an oral contraception pill, the child will be referred to a doctor, the policy says.
Under the new policy children who are older than the age they are required to take the birth-control pill are not required to have it as part of their birth control plan, the BBC reported.
However, the change comes with some caveats.
Only one pill is to be given at any one time, meaning some children may be given a different pill to others.
“For example, some children will be given the contraceptive pill in addition to a regular contraceptive, so if they have a partner who also has a contraceptive, that child would not have to receive the pill at all,” the BBC said.
Currently, it’s illegal to use an abortion or a sterilization procedure to prevent a child from being born, the report said.