A group of Ugandan MPs, led by Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa, has strongly criticized a new proposal from Health Ministry officials to introduce birth control methods for girls aged 15 and above.
The MPs described the initiative as “devilish” and argued that it would negatively influence young minds, as they are the future of the nation.
In response to a query from Amuru MP Lucy Akello, Tayebwa, along with lawmakers from various political backgrounds, expressed concerns about the policy, stating that it would essentially sanction defilement and have serious health consequences for young girls.
“The devil should not find a way, and such thoughts should never cross our minds because it is giving up. This is tantamount to formalizing defilement,” Tayebwa emphasized.
Akello also raised concerns about the potential health risks of contraceptives for young girls, and questioned whether any studies had been conducted to assess the implications.
“This means that we are lowering the age from 18. Are we not concerned about the effects of contraceptives on these young girls? Are we no longer concerned about the risk of HIV infection?” she asked.
State Minister for Primary Healthcare Margaret Muhanga clarified that the policy was not yet approved, and that it had been suggested by Dr. Charles Olaro, the Director for Curative Services at the Health Ministry, as a way to address the challenges faced by young girls, such as teenage pregnancies.
However, Tayebwa remained steadfast in his opposition to the policy, stating that it should never see the light of day.
“Our prayer is that the devil does not find a way and such thoughts should never come to the minds of our people, because it is giving up, it is formalising defilement, we are clearly saying we have failed,” he said.
Tayebwa stressed the importance of strengthening efforts to combat issues like teenage pregnancy rather than legitimizing them through such a policy.