Defeat of sex ed amendment welcome but further threats loom large
8 July 2010
Defeat of sex ed amendment welcome but further threats loom large London, 8 July 2010 - The defeat of a parliamentary amendment to make sex education compulsory in academies has been welcomed.
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), a leading pro-life group, was responding to the House of Lords's rejection of an amendment to the government's Academies bill by Baroness Massey, a leading pro-abortion figure.
The amendment was defeated by 245 votes to 156.
Paul Tully, SPUC's general secretary, commented: "Baroness Massey's amendment represented the incessant demand by the pro-abortion lobby to force schools to provide anti-life messages about sex and relations to vulnerable children. We agree with Lord Waddington, who said that 'academies should be free to choose not to provide sex education for children of primary school age when the school and parents think that it would not be appropriate.'
Mr Tully continued: "We are relieved by the amendment's defeat but warn that similar amendments will be tabled to another bill, the forthcoming Children and Schools bill. We urge all those concerned about protecting our children to warn their MPs about the immoral agenda behind the push for compulsory sex education".
During the debate, Baroness Massey and her supporters promoted access for schoolchildren to "sexual health" services, which is a euphemism for abortion centres.
They also claimed that compulsory lessons would mean "less unsafe sex" and that "Sex education has been shown to delay early sexual activity".
Baroness Gould, another leading pro-abortion figure, claimed: "As I and others have said, teaching good SRE is a means of discouraging early sex." In fact they failed to cite evidence other than anecdotal instances to support this, whereas recent UK-based peer-reviewed randomised trials of carefully designed SRE lessons (conducted by supporters of SRE) have shown as many, or more, unplanned pregnancies and abortions among youngsters targetted with SRE Baroness Gould promoted the role in schools of "nurses, youth workers and Connexions personal advisers."
This was another euphemistic reference to abortion promotion. Nurses, youth workers and Connexions personal advisers are increasingly being used to promote and/or facilitate secret abortions in schools to children as young as 11.