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BMA fears over sex education

SOME children could remain ignorant about sex and such problems as sexually transmitted infections and sexual abuse if three proposed amendments to the Education Bill, due to be debated in the House of Lords tomorrow, are passed, the British Medical Association warns, writes Rosie Waterhouse.

The amendments by Lord Stallard, a Labour peer, could give parents the right to withdraw children from lessons which involve sex education.

The BMA said it believes 'all children have a right to a comprehensive education of which sex education forms a necessary part. It can help young people to avoid sexual abuse and exploitation, unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections including HIV/Aids, and emotional distress arising from premature and ill-judged sexual experimentation . . (and) supports existing legislation which requires that all sex education be taught so as to encourage pupils to have due regard to moral considerations and the value of family life'.