What are your kids learning about pregnancy options?

Education For Choice (EFC) is a project within the national young people’s sexual health charity Brook. We have worked for the past 20 years to ensure that all young people have access to evidence-based, impartial information and good quality education on pregnancy options.

EFC is currently working on an advocacy project relating to the education young people receive on the topic of pregnancy decision-making and abortion. Good education in this area helps young people to think about the importance of safer sex; increases motivation to use contraception properly and consistently; improves knowledge of all their pregnancy options and understanding of abortion; as well as giving young people a safe and sensitive environment in which to consider their own beliefs and opinions.

However, we have found that a number of schools are inviting in speakers who give young people inaccurate information and seek to stigmatise abortion as a pregnancy option. We speak to many young people who believe damaging myths about pregnancy and abortion and hear from professionals working with women that the myths they heard at school remain with them into adulthood.

We are currently gathering evidence and information which will raise awareness and understanding of this issue, and it would be really useful to hear from parents of school age children.
Do you know what your child(ren)’s school teaches about abortion? EFC would like to hear from parents on this issue – see our website for more information:

If you are willing to answer a few questions about this topic over email please get in touch with efc[at]brook.org.uk. If you have a teenager who would be happy to ask questions about what they learned at school please get them to fill in this survey.