Girls, 13, Given Contraceptive Implants In Some U.K. Schools - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Girls, 13, Given Contraceptive Implants In Some U.K. Schools

SOUTHAMPTON, Hants, U.K. - Girls as young as 13 have been fitted with contraceptive implants at some schools in the U.K. without their parents knowing.

The procedure was carried out in Southampton, Hants, as part of a government initiative to drive down teenage pregnancies.

As many as nine secondary schools in the city are thought to have been involved.

Health officials defend the program, saying it has reduced teen pregnancies by 22 percent in the schools.  

But it has caused a backlash from parents who weren't aware that their daughters had been fitted with the 1.5 inch device, which sits under the skin.

It is currently unknown exactly how many youngsters have taken part in the scheme.

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