Settling down for an easy, lazy Sunday morning, I flick over to Stuff and see an article about “Secret abortions” arranged by schools.
A mother is angry that a school arranged an abortion and counselling for her 16 year old daughter. It talks about how school counsellors can’t talk to the kid’s parents without the kid’s consent. It talks about all these terrible things. Oh and it shows a happy and healthy teen mum who got pregnant at 14 and chose to have the baby.
Where to begin? As others and others and others have commented, the article screams of terrible wrong-doing in our education system. Schools are forcing girls to have abortions!!! Well, actually no. Schools are hiding the truth from the parents of the kids!!! Well, yes. A kid goes to a counsellor in confidence and says they don’t want their parents to know. Shock horror – the counsellor complies with patient confidentiality.
“If that protection disappeared, you can pretty well guarantee the young
person won’t tell the counsellor a thing – particularly the thing you need them
to talk about.” – Kathryn Dalziel
The article ends with the story of a young woman who became pregnant at 14. She chose to have the baby and there is a lovely picture of happy and smiling mother and baby. What the fuck does this have to do with the story? Nice juxtaposition of angry mother, bad schools, secrets being kept, and happy young mum. Passive-agressive much?
Sunday Star Times – balanced reporting? Ur doin it rong.
What worries me even more about this story is that I can expect them to open it up to comments. Then we get all the slut-shaming comments. About how these girls should just keep their legs together – conveniently forgetting about the young man who should have kept his cock in his pants.
Funniest thing – as I type this I have one of my compilation albums playing. Who comes on but Helen Reddy with “I Am Woman”.