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24 / 08 / 2010 - Precious Life protest outside `sex information event` for children
Precious Life held a demonstration outside the Nerve Centre in Derry tonight (24 Aug) in protest at a ‘sex information evening’ for children which has been organised by the Family Planning Association (FPA). The FPA were using their ‘Choices’ event to promote abortion and contraception to girls as young as 13 without their parents consent. Precious Life distributed “true information” about contraception and sexual abstinence to girls attending the event.
Director of Precious Life, Bernadette Smyth said, “The young girls attending this ‘sex information evening’ were misled by the FPA. Encouraging children to use contraception is the root cause of the surge in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), teenage pregnancies and abortions.”
“In a message on the event's ‘facebook’ page, the FPA told a girl that children as young as 13 years old could come without their parent’s permission. The FPA have once again showed their blatant disregard for children's wellbeing and parent’s rights to protect them.”
She added, “We distributed true information to girls attending this event. Our REALITY booklet is the first of its kind in Ireland and UK to warn young people of the dangers and health risks of casual sex and contraception, and to encourage sexual abstinence until marriage. By abstaining from sex, young people can eliminate the possibility of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Our young people need to be taught that abstinence is always the best choice. It isn’t always easy, but it always works.”
“Numerous studies from the US can provide evidence that proves teaching young people abstinence works. A landmark study on sex education, undertaken by University of Pennsylvania professor Dr John B. Jemmott, found that abstinence-based sex education works better than any other form of sex education. The study made the front page of the Washington Post in February.”
Bernadette Smyth concluded "Our children and young people should be valued enough to have their formative years protected, and not sexualised as they are now. This in turn means that their self-esteem is raised and they are encouraged to focus on other matters rather than sex, such as friendships, family, and their studies and careers. This is the way forward and the only strategy to reduce teenage pregnancy, abortion and rising rates of STD’s.”