Concern over sex ed programmes

Newstalk ZB 2 July 2012
There’s a call for the Government to withdraw funding from the sex education programmes run by Family Planning and Rainbow Youth. Family First says these organisations resources and websites fail to tell the full facts and compromise the safety of young people. Spokesman Bob McCoskrie says their material is basically saying that as long as you use a condom, you can pretty well do what you like. “And it doesn’t matter in terms of promiscuity or experimentation or fringe behaviours, and there’s very little mention about the physical or emotional effects or prevention of disease. We think kids deserve this information.” Mr McCoskrie says the current approach to sex education has been a failure, with New Zealand having one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the OECD.