A CALL from Britain’s leading public health expert to allow teenagers to have sex legally at 15 sparked a furious backlash yesterday.
Politicians, lawyers and parents warned that lowering the age of consent from 16 would further ruin the innocence of childhood and send a “dangerous message” to paedophiles."
"Professor John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health, argued changing the law would “draw a line in the sand” against sex at 14 or younger. Prof Ashton said the new age limit would help teens to get sexual health advice on the NHS and help realign who should be exposed to sexual messages."
"But parents warned that the proposal would send the wrong message in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal and other paedophile attacks. Siobhan Freegard, of parenting website Netmums, said: “There are very few prosecutions for adults caught having sex with 14 and 15-year-olds, so if the age of consent drops further, it could send a dangerous message."
This article is disingenuous and there is no justification for lowering the age of consent. As it happens school children are able to obtain contraceptive advice even without their parents` consent if they are deemed competent.