Sunday 24 September 2017

Carol Hunt: Time every citizen had right to a sex life

Mandy's story shows those with intellectual disabilities need new law on relationships, writes Carol Hunt

When Mandy Finlay was a child her mother was asked if she would be putting her on the contraceptive pill when she got older. Frieda Finlay reacted like most mothers of a seven-year-old girl; she was horrified. What parent wants to think about all the messiness and embarrassment of sex education, teenage desires, heartbreak and the worry of safe sex when their child is still only a baby?

That was 32 years ago. Today, as Mandy prepares to celebrate her 40th birthday, she enjoys being godmother to her niece but insists that she's not having children: "Too much like hard work!"

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