Comprehensive Sexuality Education Defeated at the UN. Again!

Apr 25, 2016 by

from Family Watch International:

It seems that all roads at UN meetings tend to lead to comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) for those pushing the abortion and sexual rights agenda. This is because CSE is the main tool sexual rights activists use to try to push their harmful and controversial agendas.  They are after our children.

But we are pleased to report that the effort to include CSE in a UN agreement was once again defeated.  Thankfully, all references to it were removed from the outcome document of the UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) last week.  We lobbied heavily on this issue and were much relieved to see it defeated.

On a positive note, there is now a strong and growing coalition of governments that  understands the dangers of CSE and that are standing firmly against it when it is proposed.

We again sent out a link to our CSE documentary to UN Member States, warning them of the dangers to their children.

A reference calling for “comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services” that included education was also watered down with the deletion of “comprehensive.”  But even so, the term “sexual and reproductive health” is still highly problematic.  For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report stating that “sexual health” includes aspects of reproductive health including access to abortion and the possibility of having “pleasurable” sexual experiences. It also states that  “diversity of sexual behavior and expression contributes to people’s overall sense of well-being and health.”

Really?  Sexual diversity contributes to health?  All the research we can find shows the opposite is true. The healthiest and least risky sex is sex between a married husband and wife.

This is yet further evidence that the World Health Organization has been co-opted to put sexual rights and diversity ahead of true sexual health. Their “Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe” are what really revealed their radical positions on sex education beginning at birth.

Unfortunately, the term “reproductive rights,” a deceptive term used to advance abortion, was again adopted in the CPD outcome document.  Other problematic language endorsing review documents that could be interpreted to include the radical UNFPA review “Beyond 2014” with over 500 controversial references including multiple references to “sexual rights,” “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” “comprehensive sexuality education,” “homophobia,” and more.

One of the greatest wins in the CPD outcome document (besides deleting CSE) was the inclusion of a strong paragraph mandating respect for national sovereignty and religious and cultural values that Family Watch has helped delegates adopt at previous CPD conferences.  This language was included despite much opposition by governments and UN agencies that want to override national sovereignty and the religious and cultural values of developing countries to force their radical abortion/sexual rights agenda on them.  This paragraph reads as follows:

“. . .  reaffirms the sovereign right of each country to implement the recommendations of the Programme of Action or other proposals in the present resolution, consistent with national laws and development priorities, with full respect for the various religious and ethical values and cultural backgrounds of its people, and in conformity with universally recognized international human rights”

The final CPD document is available here.

Family Watch also cosponsored an important pro-life side event, “Debunking Common Misconceptions About Population and Development.”

Finally, our Director of UN Activities, Annie Franklin, delivered a statement on the UN floor affirming the central role of the family in eradicating poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting gender equality and empowering women, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.  Family Watch volunteer, Mrs. Chris Eddie, assisted Annie in monitoring the work of the commission and gave valuable input for Family Watch position papers.

Speaking also on behalf of the UN Family Rights Caucus, Annie called upon Member States to place the family at the center of the United Nations post-2015 development agenda, to mainstream a family perspective in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and for governments to develop mechanisms to analyze the impact of all laws, policies and programmes on family stability and autonomy.


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