As a young person you have the right to make decisions about issues that affect your own life. The reality is that unintended pregnancy is likely to affect all of us at some point in our lives, either directly or indirectly.
To make an informed choice about pregnancy – or to help others to make an informed choice – everyone needs an opportunity to think through the issues pregnancy raises, to distinguish the facts about abortion from the fiction, and to know where to go for non-judgmental help and advice.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions about abortion, but individuals also have the right to make decisions for themselves. More than one in four women in England and Wales will make the decision to have an abortion by the time they are 45.
Abortion is a topic addressed in schools usually either within the sex education element of PSHE, or in Religious Education. At A-level it can also be addressed in General Studies or Liberal Studies.
As a young person learning about abortion in any of these subjects you should be given the opportunity to:
Schools often make use of outside visitors when covering abortion in the curriculum. Outside visitors have a responsibility to provide non-judgmental, accurate information about abortion and to ensure that the young people they work with feel safe and respected. If you are ever unsure of the accuracy of any information you receive about abortion, you may like to read Facts about abortion, or check it against the Royal College of Obstetrician’s booklet on Abortion Care.
If for any reason you are not satisfied with the abortion education you receive at school you can take action!
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