January 28, 2005


'Say no until you're ready' is sex health message to children (LOUISE GRAY AND HAMISH MACDONELL, 1/28/05, The Scotsman)

ABSTINENCE was yesterday put at the heart of ministers’ multi-million pound sexual health strategy designed to redress Scotland’s appalling record on teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Andy Kerr, the health minister, told MSPs that abstinence would be the starting point for all sex education lessons in schools but added that contraception services had to be available for everybody, including children, when they started to become sexually active.

Trying to strike a balance between family values campaigners and progressive educationists, the minister stressed that existing sex education guidelines would remain in place.

Mr Kerr said that the new strategy - which he referred to as "abstinence plus" - would provide the framework, not just for sex education in schools but also all sexual health services in the community .

May we borrow back our culture?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 28, 2005 7:15 AM
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