Why Is Sex Ed About How Not To Have Babies?

Ann Farmer

UK conservative columnist and Member of the European Parliament Daniel Hannan questions “the purpose of sex education in schools”, which “tends to focus on contraception”.

In a column in the Sunday Telegraph he notes that with the average age of childbearing rising to 30, “doctors are starting to suggest that that approach is 180 degrees wrong” - that according to the Fertility Education Initiative, “Instead of teaching young people how to avoid babies”, society “should teach them how to make babies”.

As Mr Hannan observes, birth rates across the world have been falling with increasing prosperity and family size has been shrinking as infant mortality decreases. This “demographic transition”, which began in the late 19th century in the developed world, is a well-known fact.

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