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25 January 2009

Teachers asked for advice about abortion

A poll carried out for Teachers TV finds that teachers think information about abortion should be given in school.

A poll of more than 800 people working in education found that the majority (67%) think information about abortion should be included in sex education classes. But 82% believe discussing the topic could offend parents, and 42% think it could offend students.

In total 24% of secondary school teachers who responded to the poll said they had been asked for advice on abortion.

When asked about the reasons for Britain’s high rate of teenage pregnancy, 42% of those polled blamed the breakdown of values in society.

Almost a fifth, 19%, said it was because of the sexualisation of young people and children and 16% blamed sex education.

“It has been 40 years since the legalisation of abortion in this country but it appears that, for the education workforce, the topic still needs to be handled sensitively to avoid causing offence to students and their parents,” Andrew Bethell, chief executive of Teachers TV, said.

The poll was published to mark a week of programming dedicated to sex and relationships on the channel.

Teachers ‘Asked About Abortion’. Sky News, 24 January 2009