Public schools are getting bolder in what they are including in children’s curriculum.
Parents are facing the reality that their children are being indoctrinated by radical teachers and administrators.
And now parents are banding together to fight back against this overreach of woke agendas into children’s education.
In a resounding display of opposition, nearly 75% of parents in Northern Ireland have rallied against a proposed UK government initiative that mandates schools, including Catholic institutions, to incorporate abortion-related education into their curriculum.
The results stem from a public consultation that amassed 13,461 responses, revealing a widespread discontent with the plan.
The controversy emerged when the UK government announced its intention to modernize Northern Ireland’s “Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE)” last year.
The objective was to provide “age-appropriate, comprehensive and scientifically accurate education on sexual and reproductive health and rights, covering prevention of early pregnancy and access to abortion.”
Chris Heaton-Harris, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, emphasized that the regulations would align with the approach adopted in England.
Critics, particularly from the pro-life perspective, argue that the UK’s RSE program in England teaches students how to seek abortions without parental consent.
Allegedly, students are instructed to initiate contact with abortion facilities even before confirming their pregnancy status.
A recent survey conducted in Northern Ireland, with 13,461 respondents, unveiled striking statistics.
A notable 73% of participants opposed the proposed RSE program, reflecting a significant resistance to the introduction of abortion-related content in schools.
Furthermore, a staggering 92% of respondents believed that parents or caregivers should be informed about the nature and content of any RSE program.
A resounding 96% asserted that parents should always have access to review any RSE program.
Bernadette Smyth, the director of the pro-life organization Precious Life, characterized the survey results as “unprecedented.”
She underscored the depth of sentiment among the people of Northern Ireland, urging the UK government to acknowledge the overwhelming majority opposing the RSE program.
Smyth spoke to OSV News and called for the removal of what she labeled an “abortion-promoting” curriculum from schools, emphasizing the need to respect the democratic views of the Northern Irish populace.
Smyth criticized the UK government’s apparent disregard for democracy and local autonomy, emphasizing the importance of heeding the opinions of the people of Northern Ireland.
The call is clear: the government must reconsider its stance in light of the prevailing sentiments against the proposed abortion-centric RSE program.
Last June, the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference vehemently criticized the decision to introduce abortion-related education, labeling it a radical imposition.
In a strongly worded statement, the bishops expressed their concern about the government imposing ideologically biased views on abortion in schools, disregarding parental rights and school ethos.
They highlighted the incongruity of such legislation being enforced in Northern Ireland, surpassing even the standards set in Britain, where parental involvement in ethical and pastoral matters is fully respected.
The battle over the RSE program in Northern Ireland reflects a broader struggle between pro-life advocates and those pushing for expanded abortion education, raising questions about the balance between government mandates and local values.
Pro-Life Press will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.