Media Release 28 June 2012
Delegates representing family-focused organisations and groups are gathering in Auckland on Thursday 28th for the seventh annual NZ Forum on the Family, hosted by Family First NZ. They will be encouraged to call foul on the current sex education curriculum in NZ schools and on government funded websites.
Feature speaker US Psychiatrist Dr Miriam Grossman has lectured at the UN Commission on the Status of Women and in Britain’s House of Lords. Dr. Grossman’s mission is to highlight the dangers of the anything-goes, condom-based approach to sexual health. With examples from cutting edge research, she proves that sex is a serious matter, and can never be “casual,” especially for girls. Dr Grossman claims that instead of teaching our children biological truths, sex educators are lying to them, ignoring science in favor of radical and dangerous social agendas.
“This is the first conference that has tackled the issue of sexuality education head on. Yet we know that many parents and family groups are concerned about the messages being given to our young people,” says host Bob McCoskrie.
“Parents have every right to be upset with the current sex education curriculum in our schools – most of it delivered by Government-funded groups. Judging by the results of the current approach, it has been an utter failure. New Zealand has one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the OECD, our STD rates are out of control, and the number of teenage girls having abortions is unacceptably high. Our teenage pregnancy rate is almost twice the rate of Australia and Canada, and over four times the rate in Denmark, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland.”
“The current approach in NZ sows confusion about right and wrong and says the moral absolute is – use condoms. But it’s not what parents want. A recent poll found that three out of four NZ parents of young children want the abstinence message taught in sex education. The government should be demanding any government funding to go towards resources which empower parents – not schools – to be the primary sex educators of their children,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“Interestingly enough, the Family Planning Association have run for cover this whole week and refused to debate Dr Grossman. This is not good enough. A government-funded organization should be willing and able to defend their ideology and services which the taxpayer funds.”
Other topics to be covered at the Forum include the evaluation of family intervention programmes, the values of Pacific Island and Maori families, and the politicisation of children. Speakers include Christchurch School of Medicine Professor David Fergusson, researcher Dr Michael Reid, and Nick Tuitasi.
Organisations represented include Family First NZ, FamilyLife NZ, NZ Marriage Coalition, Sensible Sentencing Trust, For the Sake of Our Children Trust, Voice for Life, Focus on the Family, Families Commission, Christians Against Poverty, Media Matters, Young and Prolife, Fathers Who Dare Win Trust, Family Life International, and many others.