Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mobile Morning-After Pill?

There's nothing like a little controversy to generate some awareness. And somebody in the UK has definitely found a controversial use for text messaging.

According to an article in the Times Online, highschool-aged girls at select schools in the UK will be able to use text-messaging to request a morning after pill from their school nurse. This is a trial program at 6 schools in Oxford and Banbury, although the actual schools have not been identified.

Parents will not be informed of their children's request for the emergency contraceptive. However, child protection staff will step in if the girl is under the age of 14.

I can imagine the debate now between conservative religious types and the medical community. This debate will only be good for text messaging, as it will highlight its prevalence in society.

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