Parental veto: Conservative NGOs and political parties attempt to ban sex education

A few states have rejected the reform, although it is gaining popularity in others 

Parental veto: Conservative NGOs and political parties attempt to ban sex education
Conservative NGOs ally with political parties to push their agenda - Photo: File photo
English 11/08/2020 08:59 Mexico City Editorial Actualizada 09:05
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Cable TV services offer an option to establish a parents' access code to block children from viewing certain content. At home, this is an autonomous decision made by the family. However, establishing a similar rule among the population in general and turn it into law would spark a debate. For example, it could interfere with sex education taught at school. 

At least 13 states are working on similar actions so that parents authorize what is taught at school, and ban issues such as gender equality, and sexual and reproductive health. 

In most cases, those behind these initiatives are conservative NGOs that have the support of political parties in their mission to reform education.

The proposal was rejected and dismissed by the Nuevo León Congress. In Aguascalientes, the Human Rights Commission contested the education reforms announced by the state government. 

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The reforms are moving forward without the diffusion a proposal like this requires. 

Furthermore, the proposals violate the children’s rights established in the International Convention for the Rights of the Child and the Mexican Constitution, as the latter establishes several things that go against the conservative laws proposed by NGOs and political parties. Moreover, the Constitution dictates the government will prioritize children's and teenagers’ access, permanence, and participation in education. It also establishes that the government is in charge of education.

It is not enough for the Interior Ministry and the National Human Rights Commission to say they are against the parental veto because the reforms are still moving forward despite also being rejected by international organizations. 

Some parents are attempting to sop children from receiving sex education and reproductive health. However, the situation is worsened by the complicity of lawmakers. 

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