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Boots

Why Boots chemist should not have capitulated to pressure from BPAS over emergency contraception

Over the weekend I waded into the debate on whether Boots should reduce the price of the so-called ‘morning-after pill’ and criticised the high street chemist for ‘capitulating in the face of political pressure’. Let me explain why. Boots had originally defied calls to slash the price of […]

Sex myths

Three myths about Christianity and sexuality

A gay war hero from World War II is chemically castrated, leading to his suicide (The Imitation Game). A convent schoolgirl falls pregnant, so the nuns have her child adopted, which breaks her heart (Philomena). Gay activists against social injustice are victimised by straight society, […]

Sex and Relationship Education: should it be compulsory in schools or not?

Sex and Relationship Education: should it be compulsory in schools or not?

The Government has just announced major changes to Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in all schools, from age four. Currently SRE is compulsory in council-maintained secondary schools but not Academies, free schools or primary schools, although in reality, most academies and free schools do provide […]

sex-education

Sex education programmes are largely ineffectual and do not reduce teen pregnancy or STI rates, says large new research review

Newly released this week, to muted publicity, was a comprehensive, reliable and rigorous Cochrane review of studies reviewing school-based interventions on sex education. This was a large review, combining peer-reviewed data from more than 55,000 young people from around the world. Some of its conclusions […]

Truvada

High Court rules in favour of NHS providing ‘HIV prevention drug’ but big questions remain

The High Court has today ruled that the NHS in England can fund a drug that can reduce the chance of people catching HIV whilst engaging in high-risk sexual activities. NHS England had previously argued that local councils should provide PrEP (‘pre-exposure prophylaxis’) as ‘health prevention’ is […]