Sex Education Programs: Definitions & Point-by-Point Comparison
Advocates for Youth website:
Fact Sheets on Abstinence Programs
SIECUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States) has prepared a Community Action Toolkit (2018). The information is valuable as many of the anti-choice abstinence programs come from US based resources and these programs have been studied extensively in the US. The fact sheets are a great summary to help identify the issues.
Teens and Trends: Get the Facts on Teen Sexuality
Know the demographics at the school level and why comprehensive sexual health education must not be undermined.
Anti-choice beliefs that schools must be made aware of:
Most of the anti-choice sexual health education come from organizations affiliated with CAPSS (Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services). Schools may be unaware of this affiliation or the core beliefs and restrictions these groups have such as:
- CAPSS and affiliated centres believe in celibate singleness; and in faithful heterosexual marriage as God’s design
- All information is provided from a Christian perspective.
- The affiliate centre does not recommend, provide or refer for abortion or abortifacients. The pill, IUD and emergency contraception are included in their definition of abortifacients. Note: contraception prevents pregnancy and abortion cannot occur unless there is a pregnancy.
Pregnancy Care Centres with CAPSS affiliations must sign these Core Documents:
Other anti-choice groups are in classrooms teaching fetal development. These are political presentations and are intended to undermine the Charter Rights of women and trans men.
Anti-choice groups define common contraception as abortifacient despite scientific facts: “Contraception Is Not Abortion: The Strategic Campaign of Antiabortion Groups to Persuade the Public Otherwise” https://www.guttmacher.org/gpr/2014/12/contraception-not-abortion-strategic-campaign-antiabortion-groups-persuade-public
Official School Curriculum, Lessons Plans and Information for Parents
Alberta Health/Education Teaching Sexual Health website. This : teachingsexualhealth.ca
Supporters of Comprehensive Sexual Health Education
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada supports sexual health education: sexualityandu.ca
Canadian Guidelines for Sexual Health Education, Public Health Agency of Canada, 2018 (draft): http://sieccan.org/
Find Evidence Based and Inclusive Educational Services
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI)