Don’t have sex before marriage, pupils told

UK Telegraph 12 Nov 2007
Family campaigners are urging every secondary school pupil in Britain not to have sex before marriage. The Family Education Trust is to send a leaflet to all secondary schools advising children to abstain from sex outside wedlock.It believe that teenagers who have sex before marriage will enter wedded life with “skeletons in the cupboard” and a greater propensity to have extra-marital affairs. “If your husband or wife has had other sexual partners in the past it is much more difficult to be confident they will not do so again,” the leaflet says.The campaign follows a move by schools to hire nurses to hand out morning-after pills and teach children how to use condoms in an attempt to reduce Britain’s teenage pregnancy rate, the highest in western Europe. Norman Wells, the director of the Family Education Trust, said: “Divorcing sex from marriage has not only led to high teenage conception rates and the sexual health crisis in the UK, but it is also has a major part to play in family breakdown. “The trust rejects the fatalistic and defeatist view that it is unrealistic to expect young people to save sex for marriage and that any teaching or encouragement to that end simply ‘doesn’t work’.”

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