Ministry of Health figures for 2001 to 2005 show an average of around 1,500 teen abortions every year. In 2005, the exact figure was 1,279 and in 2004, the number was 1,341.(Thanks Myra Leong)
Nearly all the teens who aborted their babies in 2005 were between 15 and 19 years old and unmarried. Slightly more than half were Chinese and a third were Malay.
The figures go to the heart of a controversy over the issue of how early children should be exposed to sex education in schools.
Ms Jebal cited the example of the pregnant nine-year-old during a youth forum to counter the complaints of one participant, who felt her sister in Primary 4 was too young to start learning about sex...
Recounting the tense one-hour discussion she had with the family to The Straits Times, Ms Jebal said: 'Her parents taught her how to use a sanitary napkin, but didn't educate her about menstruation or sex.
'They felt she was too young to know at her age. There is no such thing as being too young to know,' said Ms Jebal.
Ms Tan Bee Joo of the Singapore Children's Society cited several areas of concern, including lack of adult supervision over the use of the Internet, where teens can easily access pornographic sites and 'meet' strangers online.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
A primary school girl in Singapore aged 9, experimented with sex with a 14 years old schoolboy at home when her parents were away at work and got herself pregnant. This makes her the youngest girl in Singapore to get pregnant and again highlights the concern of teen pregnancy. From AsiaOne:
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