21 February 2014
Hon Tony Ryall,
Minister of Health,
Dear Mr Ryall
Family Planning Sexuality Education Booklet Q & A
I am writing to you to express the concerns that our Society has with the contents of the booklet used in primary schools for year 6, 10 year olds. The booklet has been funded by your department and produced by the New Zealand Family Planning Association. We request that in the interest of the children of New Zealand that this booklet be immediately withdrawn and replaced with a booklet that is approved by parents, the first educators of our children.
We consider that the booklet misrepresents our sexuality and fails to acknowledge that there are other factors that influence the development of the child. We believe these include the religious beliefs, cultural influences and the value system of the individual family. The booklet completely separates sexual intercourse from love, commitment and childbearing. It teaches that sex is for fun and that it is up to each child to decide when they are ready to have sexual intercourse. It does not promote true respect for one’s own body or that of the opposite sex. [Read more…]