Another day another story of National scrimping short term savings that will cost us much more in the long run.
This time, they’re scrapping free sex advice for teenagers. If that lack of advice causes an increased rate of teen pregnancies, they will of course get advice and restrictions on their use of the DPB of course.
We already have a high rate of teen pregnancies and STDs of course. Our youth desperately need good advice on their options. And a baby or a long course of antibiotics (or even more severe medical treatment) will cost far more than a little bit of advice.
ProCare cheif executive Ron Hooton, forced to scrap the plan due to lack of funding says:
“it is possible that teen pregnancy, abortion and STI rates could increase”.
Youth health specialist Dr Simon Denny, says:
“We already have high rates of kids not going to see the doctor when they need to, especially young people who are sexually active. This is just going to make further barriers for them.”
It’s almost like National want more youth on the DPB to give them a scapegoat to demonise…