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BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIME GIVES PARENTS A CHOICE ON SEX ED AND CONTRACEPTION
“New York City is Culturally and Religiously Diverse; Parents Have a
Right to Opt Out of Radical Sex Ed Programs”
New York—Aug. 28…The parents of New York City school children have a legal right at the beginning of the school year to review their students’ sex education curriculum, discuss concerns with school principals, and opt out of parts of the curriculum they find objectionable, the NYC Parents’ Choice Coalition today announced.
Parents also have the right to opt their children out of the NYC public school’s CATCH program which provides students with access to emergency contraception (also known as Plan B or the morning after pill) without parental consent. The right to remove children from these programs extends throughout the school year.
“New York City public schools teaching sex education are required to send letters home with students outlining what parents need to do to opt their children out of these programs, including the controversial emergency contraception initiative,” said NYC Parents’ Choice Coalition President Michael Benjamin. “New York City is a culturally and religiously diverse place, and we have to respect the rights of parents to decide what’s best for their children. Parents should not feel pressured to prescribe to radical new sex ed and contraception programs, and neither should their kids.”
Schools will be sending home letters with students containing information about opting out of both the CATCH and sex education programs. Parents who don’t receive letters may visit NYCParentsChoice.org.
The NYC Parents’ Choice Coalition noted that eighty-four percent (84%) of teens are opposed to sex at their age and nearly seven out of 10 oppose sex while in high school, according to the 2010 report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
According to a poll sponsored by the Chiaroscuro Foundation in 2012, the majority of New York City residents ages 18-53 oppose Plan B distribution in schools and strongly supporting proven abstinence education. The NYC public school sex education and CATCH (Plan B distribution without parental consent) programs focus largely on methods of contraception and “safe sex” over abstinence.
NYC Parents’ Choice Coalition has made it easy for parents to exercise their parental rights in education by providing access to the Department of Education’s opt out form for CATCH and Bloomberg’s mandatory sex education, as well as more information on sex education programs and news related to sex education in NYC public schools.
”The single most important factor in the success of any form of sex education is parental involvement,” said Greg Pfundstein, president of the Chiaroscuro Foundation. “Parents, please talk to your kids and take an active role in what goes on in school.”
The Chiaroscuro Foundation is a member of the NYC Parents’ Choice Coalition, which opposes the CATCH program and advocates for optional, evidenced-based abstinence education in NYC schools.
The entire poll on the CATCH program released by the Chiaroscuro Foundation, which includes the crosstabs for the sample of 600 and the crosstabs for the oversampled under 55 demographic which had a representative sample of 400 may be viewed at http://www.nycparentschoice.org/nyc-catch-poll.