Last week I sadly witnessed a mock debate in the plenary of the Chamber of Deputies. Discussions on changes to the sex education law focused on children’s access to pornography. The parliamentarians avoided talking about the real problems generated by the lack of sex education in schools: Romania has, after Bulgaria, the highest rate of teenage pregnancies in the European Union. And this has also increased the dropout rate.
If our approach stops here, we become complicit in the inaction of parliamentarians who ignore victims who lack access to sex education. Many pregnant teens come from foster care or disorganized families. No one told them about how children are made, about contraception or sexual abuse. Many times, young mothers end up abandoning their babies and dropping out of school, while society points the finger at them.
The bill restricting access to sex education in schools comes into force if promulgated by the president.
In order for the president to listen to us, we need to write to him in large numbers. We know that President Iohannis is informed about the correspondence received at the official address, so thousands of emails will not go unnoticed.
When writing to the president, please use respectful language and plausible arguments – for example, that over 33 million euros in the country’s budget go to victims of sex education each year: pregnant teenagers, abandoned babies and young people. with sexually transmitted diseases; or that early motherhood leads to child abandonment, school dropout and subsequent risk of social exclusion.
– all adolescents have access to information related to healthy and low-risk sexual behavior, in particular through the introduction of sex education and health education classes in schools
– children and adolescents have access to information on HIV / AIDS, voluntary counseling and testing, confidential sexual and reproductive health services