In its news release, the Scottish Secular Society (SSS) said it strongly opposed the government’s decision to allow Christian parents and faith schools to exempt themselves from the Scotland’s new sex ed program.
Called Relationships, Sexual Health and Parent Hood Education, the program is still in its draft form and a provision — the “conscience clause” — allows parents to exempt their children and schools from participating due to faith.
The SSS is demanding the removal of the “conscience clause.” The organization believes the government should compel all parents and students to take part in the program, whether they want to or not.
In its release, the SSS said:
“We are concerned that the continuing allowance for a conscience opt out means that young people will continue to exit our schooling system with inadequate protection for the dangers of life as a sexually active adult, which include unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.”
Does sex ed increase teen pregnancies?
However, a British charity — the Christian Institute — responded to SSS’ claims by pointing out despite increased sex education in schools, the number of teen pregnancies in the UK continues to rise, as does the rate of sexually transmitted disease. If these sex ed programs actually worked, at the very least one would expect a levelling off of rates.
A study in the US provided reverse confirmation of what the Christian Institute suggested. In the United States, the abortion-giant Planned Parenthood actively promotes its radical sex education program in American schools starting as early as kindergarten.
In the Texas panhandle, a number of parents outraged by Planned Parenthood’s programs managed to completely shut down their facilities in 16 counties. The shut downs started in 1999 with the last closure in 2008.
What followed was remarkable.
Did teen pregnancies in theses counties go up as a result of the closure of Planned Parenthood?
No, just the opposite.
According to a study by Stop Planned Parenthood, teen pregnancies actually declined by nearly 50%. Stats produced by the Texas Department of State Health Services showed in 1999 — when all the Planned Parenthood facilities were still operating — there were 43.6 pregnancies per 1,000 teen girls between the ages of 13 and 17. By 2010 — two years after the closure of the last Planned Parenthood facility — there were only 24.1 pregnancies per 1,000 in this same age group.
Critics say the children and teens are not emotionally ready for the radical sex ed programs promoted by Planned Parenthood and it actually pressures teens to have sex when they are not wanting to or mature enough to handle it.
- New push to force sex-ed on Christian schools: WND
- Texas study: Study: When Planned Parenthood shut down, teen pregnancies also went down: opentheword.org