Here are some facts about Nadine Dorries:
- She wanted to make the abortion services in the UK run by ‘independent’ anti-abortion faith groups instead of those who run counselling services at the moment as they have a ‘financial interest’ in encouraging abortions (erm)
- She claims that she is pro-choice but has actually said ‘if you don’t want this baby, have it anyway’.
- She makes up statistics.
- Her idol is Sarah Palin and she’s a big fan of ‘the Tea Party’ (never a good sign)
Nadine Dorries is a Conservative MP that has tried to diminish abortion rights in this country, and now, she’s proposing a ridiculous bill that girls (and only girls, not boys) should be taught abstinence in secondary schools. She claims that current sex education isn’t working in this country, when in fact, thanks to fact-based education, teenage pregnancy rates are beginning to fall.
Abstinence doesn’t actually work as a policy, as those who are taught it are just as likely to have sex as those who aren’t. (For example, Rick Perry introduced abstinence education into 94% of state schools in his state, with the result of Texas having the highest teen pregnancy rate.) It’s such a misogynistic bill to propose, which would be enforced in schools around the country - she claims that if abstinence was taught in schools, sexual abuse would be reduced if girls could just 'say no' which is not only utterly incorrect, but it’s also irresponsible by promoting an agenda of victim blaming and it’s extremely offensive to victims of sexual abuse.
In addition, it forces girls to be in charge of sexual morality, as if boys lack any control over sex and girls must be the images of purity and sexual innocence. What schools should really teach is 'look, you shouldn't rush into sex until you're comfortable. That may be now, or it could be in a couple of years, but when you do, here's some information about contraceptives! And this is what an abusive relationship is like!' & so on. What abstinence education does is teach young people to feel guilt and shame, and it creates a stigma around sex that isn’t healthy to anyone, when really, schools should be teaching about the relationships around sex, access to contraception, what consent means, etc.
Here's the video of the first reading of the bill, which only narrowly passed (Chris Bryant MP, completely defeated all of her arguments):
Her bill isn't 'empowering girls' as she believes, and even if it is likely that it'll be defeated during the second reading, it's appalling that it has even reached so far. National Secular Society have a very good piece about what's wrong with this bill, and it'd be brilliant if you could write to your MP, asking them to vote against this ignorance. There's also a protest on January 20th, and if you're in London on that day, you should really think about attending.
I really don't know what else to say about the matter, it makes me feel so furious that there are ridiculous beliefs like this.