Tories cosy up with anti-choice groups

More pro-abstinence, anti-choice bullshit.

According to a press release, a new group has been established “The Sex and Relationships Education Council – a new umbrella body representing sex and relationship education providers” (http://tinyurl.com/3gftzqb). They go on to say that “The Council has been formed to promote the best possible sex and relationship education both at home and at school, recognising the particular importance of enhancing the role played by parents in SRE.” Sounds innocuous, right? Hey, getting the parents involved could be a good thing. But don’t miss the fine print at the bottom. Now this is the important part: “The founding members of the Council are: evaluate, Lovewise, Challenge Teams, LIFE, Silver Ring Thing, Family Education Trust and Right to Life.”

If you are not familiar with these groups they are largely anti-choice, pro-abstinence only groups. Take Challenge Teams as an example. They promote abstinence only programs (http://www.challengeteamuk.org/why.php) and state among other things that “The only way to guarantee freedom from sexually transmitted infections is when two uninfected people stay faithful to each other.” Similarly, Silver Ring Thing “promotes the message of purity and abstinence until marriage” (http://tinyurl.com/2f22od). These groups are all much of a muchness. Jesus loves you and doesn’t want you to have sex until you are married.

Who in the conservative government thinks that this is the way to combat high teen-pregnancy and STI rates? Of course, Michael Gove. Sorry Michael I would rather my governments politics were based on facts, not fairytales.

See also, the related post: The Tory War on Women.

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3 Responses to Tories cosy up with anti-choice groups

  1. According to a press release, the government has established “The Sex and Relationships Education Council – a new umbrella body representing sex and relationship education providers” (http://tinyurl.com/3gftzqb).

    Wrong! – this is not a Government body and was not established by the Government. The “welcome” by the Education Secretary was absurd of course but did not contain an endorsement of abstinence education. No sign yet of any change in Government policy.

  2. There is also a great article by Laurie Penny (@PennyRed) on this topic: http://fb.me/O6vYuItP.

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