Thank you, Mr. Speaker. We speak a lot in this Chamber about the right to a high level of competency in our education system. That’s certainly been the goal of Education ministries past and present. I believe those educational competencies extend to our children’s right to comprehensive sexual health education as well.
When we arm our children with good information about birth control, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy options, consent, abstinence, decision-making, sexual orientation, and gender identity, we are giving them the tools they need to be happy, healthy, well-adjusted adults. I hope one day to live in a province where all of those topics are included in our sexual health curriculum. Sadly, right now they are not. Sexual health programs vary from school board to school board. Some programs contain bare mentions of birth control options, many contain no reference to LGBTQ identities, and most don’t even touch on consent.
Our kids deserve the best sexual health information as they navigate a changing world. When we give them all the tools they need to make smart choices themselves, we are sending them a powerful message: your body, your knowledge, your rights. Now, wouldn’t that be the Alberta advantage?
On June 22, 2015, Sandra Jansen called for better information in Alberta's sexual health education curriculum.
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