Today it was announced in the Guardian that this 'government' has set up a new forum to deal with sexual health in our 'fair' country. You would expect that in a developed nation such as ours that organisations like the Terrence Higgins Trust, Brooke Advisory Centre and also the British Pregnancy Advisory Service would ALL be on board. And also, that pro-life groups such as Life would not.
Because as we all know in many situations abortion is the only option for some women. Women who are raped or are the victims of incestuous abuse should never be forced into carrying a child that is a by product of violence committed against them. Contraception fails, why should a woman who took measures not to get pregnant have to carry a child to term? As a mother I am very glad to have been given the CHOICE to become a mother, it is to my mind an important part of living in fair, democratic society.
We all know for sex education to be affective children need to be educated about sex from an early age; it works in many other European countries who can boast low rates of teenage pregnancy and sti transmission. Teaching children (in an age appropriate fashion) also help stops the process of grooming as children who are educated know about concepts such as having the right to say no when someone touches you, and the basics of sexual contact. Education not teaching abstinence helps young people become healthy sexual adults, who understand the responsibilities that come with having sex from an early age.
As a woman, mother, voter I find it disgusting that Life were even considered to be a member of this panel... we need forward thinking not dogma! According to the latest statistics teenage pregnancy's were decreasing! Do we really want to see another generation of children raised by children! Inviting Life to be a member of such an important forum seriously puts into doubt how affective this forum will able to be. And to make matter worse a very well respected, effective organisation has not been invited to join this forum... really I would feel more confident if Life had not been invited to join in favour of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service being invited to join. I am sure I am not alone in this thinking.
It seems like yet another fine example of mysoginsim shown by this Conservative led 'government'. :curse: