On January 23, 2006, the UK High Court rejected a review of guidelines that did not require parental consent for minors to receive contraception or abortion advice. A mother of five had brought the lawsuit, hoping to change the law to prevent girls under 16 years of age from getting confidential medical advice without parental notification. The UK Department of Health argued that confidentiality was necessary to the government's strategy to reduce teenage pregnancy and improve sexual health. A week after this decision, the British government rejected petitions to reduce the legal time limit for abortions to the 20th week of pregnancy.
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