Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Someone Is Fucking Our Children!!

The Daily Mail along with most of the other papers, even the supposedly liberal ones, reports this week that the number of abortions performed on girls under the age of 16 has risen. I can't find where these numbers have actually been released, the breakdown doesn't fit with how these numbers are usually released so already I am suspicious. More to the point though I have no idea why the number of underage abortions is an issue. I would like to live in a country where we kept as much of a lid on underage pregnancy as possible - but once these young girls are pregnant I think making sure that they have access to abortion if that's what they want is VITAL.

The Mail wraps up it's totally one-sided coverage of the issue with a case study of a woman who had an abortion when she was 14. She says of her termination "I took the next day off school and tried to forget it ever happened." - but no mention is made of the fact that had she had the baby she might never have gone back to school at all because she would have had the responsibility of raising a child.

But why is it that every article is full of horror at what underage girls are doing but no-one has bothered to notice that it takes two people to start a pregnancy. We have no way of knowing what proportion of these underage pregnancies and abortions occur as a result of sexual abuse at home, as a result of rape by boyfriends or strangers and what proportion result from consensual sex. What we do know is this - the law says that under-16s CANNOT consent to sex. 16 is called the age of consent because below that age a child is not considered mature enough to have the weight of making that decision put upon them.

So the headlines should instead surely read SOMEONE IS FUCKING OUR CHILDREN!!

2 comments:

Revamp said...

I hardly think that it is fair to castigate the Daily Wail for not worrying sufficiently about paederastry.

I also don't see it as fair to somehow hold pre-16 year old boys to a different standard to girls of the same age.

Cruella said...

I agree that the Daily Male can be over-obsessed with paedophilia, but my point is that suddenly the subject seems to go off the boil when it's victims are pregnant. And I don't hold boys and girls to different standards - I don't know the ages of the boys, if they are under 16 fine, lets deal with both sides. But lets not start blaming pre-16 girls for being pregnant when for all we know they could be victims of violent child abuse.