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Baldock: FPA failing on teen pregnancies

Baldock: FPA failing on teen pregnancies

Figures released today showing that there were 17,500 abortions in New Zealand last year are further evidence that the Family Planning Association message and strategy, particularly for teenagers, is not working, United Future MP Larry Baldock says.

"While most abortions were for women in the 20-24 years age bracket, I personally believe that the most worrying figure of all was that the greatest increase was among teenagers.

"Every year the Government funds the Family Planning Association to address the issue of teen pregnancy with their sex education programmes, and yet every year we see the failure of these programmes to reverse these statistics," Mr Baldock said.

He said it was time other organisations with a different approach to the issue, such as Parenting with Confidence and the Family Education Network, were given equal access to taxpayer funding for their programmes.

"Let's face it. The FPA is simply not working. It is time the Government opened its eyes to other ideas and approaches," he said.

The teen pregnancy rate was declining in the United States, he said: "Perhaps it's time we looked around at what is working in other countries and allow parents and school boards more choice in what messages are given to teenagers in our schools."

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