Teenage Pregnancy. Dr Angela Abela Chair National Family Commission. Some Data. Some Comments. As the girls grow older, the number of those becoming pregnant increases 23.3% of all births of women between 17 and 24 are out of wedlock
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Dr Angela Abela
National Family Commission
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Last year, In Malta 63 were reported to have had an abortion in UK alone. Most go to Italy.
read from Dissertation by Graziella Zammit p.33
Eg Richardson (2001) from Ireland reports:
1. the understanding and use of contraception prior to their pregnancy was limited
Is the case in Malta?
2. for those who had received sex education in school over half of them felt it was of no value to them.
Again what about the situation here in Malta?
1.Young women felt they would be stigmatised for being sexually active in the eyes of their parents,doctor or authority figure if they approached them concerning contraceptives and therefore were making decisions about its use on the basis of what method carried least risk of discovery by their parents.
2. Also adolescents tend to be impulsive and engage in risky behaviour.
Why are Maltese adolescents not making more use of contraceptives?
Is this the case in Malta for the older girls?