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Teenagers May Soon Be Able To Receive Reproductive Health Services Without Parental Consent In One Caribbean Island



The Barbados’ Family Planning Association (BFPA) is pushing for teenagers, even those below the age of consent, to have access to reproductive health services at clinics without parental involvement.


If the change succeeds, teenagers, some as young as 14 years of age would be able to receive the services in Government clinics.

BFPA’s executive director George Griffith told the SATURDAY SUN in New York where he attended a United Nations population conference, that births to teenage mothers were on the rise as more and more young people were becoming sexually active at an early age and the country must face up to the reality of teenage sexuality.


“There is one major area, and I know the Minister (of Health Donville Inniss) is giving some consideration to it, and it has to do with the whole question of access to reproductive health services,” he said.“There is an anomaly at the moment where the age of consent in our country is 16 but you become an adult at 18. But before you reach that age, you are not permitted in any of the Government clinics to have reproductive services or any services without parental consent. We believe the time has come to change that because it is creating severe problems for young people and their health.”


Griffith said the BFPA wanted the Gillick competence rule that’s being used in Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other developed states to guide health professionals in the provision of services to young people who were not considered adult. 

That rule is used in medical law to decide whether a child under the age of 16 can legally consent to his or her own medical treatment, including access to reproductive health and family planning without parental permission or knowledge.


In the Gillick ruling, Britain’s House of Lords decided that health care professionals acting in good faith could provide services to minors whose parents didn’t have the power to veto treatment.

“Not all young people are going to be able to discuss their health situation with parents and in some cases the parents are at fault,” Griffith added. 

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Comment by Keynisha Henry on March 8, 2011 at 3:59pm
Ok if you say so..but I single handed can't destroy anything blame the corrupt politician that are obsessed with greed that they would sell out there own..I left my island under the guidance of my adult parents looking for a better future. Wanting to regulate the same corrupt views that USA has given there teens is not the best way for us to preserve our culture. Our Caribbean nations are destroying themselves with out ppl like me..we can go back and forth and u will still think my views are wrong but unlike you I can see where your coming from..I throw in the towel this debate was great thanks atleast some ppl still feel passionate about there views
Comment by Keynisha Henry on March 8, 2011 at 2:28pm
No now Ur understanding I am speaking on the termination level and genocide level am speAking on the fact that there will now be resources for our children to speak openly with out convictions..I guess because I left the the islands so long ago makes me not aware of my own ppl but a little bit closer to the teens that I hve counseled..I value Ur opinion and u make a valid point and it is well taken..thanks
Comment by Keynisha Henry on March 8, 2011 at 1:25pm
I am aware I work in a hospital and there are young girls afraid to tell there parents or are not educated on sex itself to know the repercussions of there actions..many island parents as my own where not comfortable with speaking to there children about sex..if we as a society don't speak about and be about it then where will it leave our children..I as a woman know that there plenty other things in life that can make you not able to reproduce than a procedure.the issue isn't about having sex its about giving our young women and men options.
Comment by Anne Charles on March 8, 2011 at 12:06am

@Mayers - I agree with you 200% - These big guns are making their way back to the islands to destroy our people - they have taken all of our wealth now is time to take our lives.  We need more people to open their eyes. 

Comment by Keynisha Henry on March 6, 2011 at 10:56am
I agree.the fastest rates for std and pregnancy are among teenagers who have no one to educate them on the reproductive system.maybe this way if they know that they hve options that there parents won't know then they will have options to lead a proactive life.
Comment by Samaki on March 5, 2011 at 6:29pm
I agreeeeeeeeee JamRockLady, The devil is at work. He already have America in trouble and those from the Caribbean who attend these function are allowing these seeds of poison to be sown into their minds. Mayers said it correctly. They bare missing the big picture. It is there means of controlling the world population and they want want us to rise up against the creator. When Jemimah was called to be a Prophet he tried to tell GOD that he was too you young for that role and task. This was GOD's response to him: Chapter 1; Verse 5: " Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. These jokers are after our families. WE ARE SURELY LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS. People we need to wake up before it is to late. This is serious.
Comment by JamRockLady on March 5, 2011 at 6:05pm
...there is a bigger picture and evil forces at work in this world..indeed. Young people have too many "rights" in this world of "loose values" and in a society that places emphasis on "little or no family values".

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