Tories defeat controversial sex-education report

10-Dec-2013 @ 16:0

Emma McClarkin Emma McClarkin

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Anthea McIntyre Anthea McIntyre

Conservative MEPs have helped to defeat an extreme proposal to make sex education compulsory for infants as young as four and to allow Brussels to dictate abortion law to all EU countries including Britain.

The report by Portuguese Socialist Edite Estrela sought to create a set of rules across the whole European Union relating to controversial issues such as abortion, contraception and gay rights.

In addition, Clause 43 of the 30-page report "calls on the member states to make sex education classes compulsory for all primary and secondary school children".

Emma McClarkin, Conservative Chief Whip in the Parliament, worked with her colleague Marina Yannakoudakis, Conservative gender equality spokesman, to lead Conservatives in resisting the proposal.

The East Midlands MEP said: "Happily our alternative motion for a resolution was successful - which noted that matters like these are for member states to decide and not the EU - and this worrying report was defeated.

"We recognise that there were a number of valuable suggestions in the report relating to the protection of women's rights and the equal treatment of gay, lesbian and trans-gender people. However it went too far in dictating compulsory sex education for primary school children.

"It was also highly critical of national parliament's budgets in the area of sexual and reproductive health and right sand the report called for a number of prescriptive measures to be put in place with regards to contraception, abortion and family planning.

"The UK Conservative delegation of MEPs firmly believes that is not the role of the EU to dictate to member states, to women and to parents in these specific and highly controversial issues."

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