MORNING after pills given out in Wrexham schools will not en-courage promiscuity according to a teacher who specialises in working with teenage mums.
Teresa Foster-Evans runs Cyfle, a centre for teenage mums and dads who are preparing for the birth of a child while waiting to continue their schooling.
As Wrexham Council prepares to run a pilot in one school where a range of health services including the morning after pill will be available to pupils, she says that in her opinion it was a good move.
'I think there is a need for greater health services in school,' she said. 'And I believe it is important for schools to be able to give the morning after pill where appropriate.
'Currently we have 12 people on the scheme, some in the later stages at the centre and some still in school.
'But the claims of some that the availability of contraception and the morning after pill will encourage young girls to take more risks and be promiscuous do not stand up in my experience.
'The girls that come to me are not even thinking about the consequences. The biggest problem among teenage girls is getting them access to the morning after pill when they need it.
'If providing it in school means they can get it when they need it and avoid becoming pregnant then it must be a positive thing.'
The drop-in centre pilot will be staffed by a school nurse and youth worker initially for one hour a week.
It will offer morning after pills and condoms and will deal with other health worries like diet, body image, bullying and personal hygiene.
It will also provide nicotine patches to help pupils give up smoking.
All advice and treatment given to pupils will be totally confidential and parents will not be notified.
But as the scheme was approved by Wrexham's executive board some councillors attacked it.
Cllr Jim Kelly said: 'I oppose this on religious grounds. I do not think school is the place to be dishing out condoms and morning after pills.
'The school should be a back-up for these services using education to teach pupils. It is not a suitable source for them.
'I would suggest all the problems the drop-in will deal with are already taught through the curriculum and should be dealt with further in a more appropriate setting.'
He is supported by Cllr Judith Connolly and Cllr Gwyneth Roberts.