May be easier to get birth control for young people under 16

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Health nurses and midwives should be able to write birth control prescriptions to those under 16, the government believes.

– “It will lead to fewer involuntary pregnancies and advice on safe and healthy sexuality,” says Mari Holm Lønseth, a parliamentary representative and member of the health committee for the Right.

It is easier for many young people to talk about contraception with a health nurse at school than with their GP, she believes.

The proposal must now be submitted for consultation.

About 10 percent of Norwegian youths have sex before the age of 15, while 21 percent of boys and 24 percent of girls make their sexual debut before the age of 16.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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