Karl du Fresne has angrily attacked the Family Planning Association in today's DomPost. He claims they have been a colossol tax-payer funded failure citing the rising teenage abortion rate and increasing incidence of STDs. Sex education or 'family planning' has encouraged promiscuity, he says.
Teens are probably having sex younger but the teenage birth rate is a lot lower than in the past - 70 per 100 in the early seventies down to just under 30 now. So the higher abortion rate on it's own cannot be taken to indicate more 'promiscuity'.
He doesn't mention what the alternatives to sex education might be - whether he would prefer abstinence programmes (which don't work so may be why he hasn't put them forward.)
He does however 'out' the ex-Family Planning head, Gill Greer for being a 'leftist lesbian' in charge of family planning, questioning the sense of that. I wonder if her replacement is a leftist lesbian and does it really matter?
His main point is the government should stop putting taxpayer money into this outfit. I have some sympathy for that view but for as long as we have a a public health system foisted upon us, 'family planning' or contraception provision and advice comes under that umbrella.
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