We need to challenge Mrs Milton's ideas, particularly her attemcpt to stop health officials and fellow politicians from advising children to say "no" to sex. Please email Mrs Milton at firstname.lastname@example.org (and copy your message to your own MP) with one or more of the following questions (and any of your own):
- Do you say that children must NOT be told that it is best to reserve sex for a permanent, committed relationship?
- Do you not agree that abstinence plus monogamy is the safest behaviour for avoiding HIV and other STIs?
- Do you not agree that avoiding premarital teenage sex will help avoid the social exclusion of single unsupported young mothers?
- Does she want to see more exploitation of vulnerable young women?
Brook's tweets @BrookCharity of Anne Milton's speech to the Brook conference, 3 March 2011:
- Ann[e] Milton begins by thanking each volunteer by name - smart woman! Her perspective is as a nurse, a mother and politician
- "We must make sure yp [young people] are informed, have the info they need to make safer choices" Ann[e] Milton MP
- Bolstering self esteem as important as education, services etc. Government's role is to provide the right framework.
- Must take action across all government departments, locally and nationally. Will include a range of public health strategies
- Consultation on sexual health strategy, including abortion, open til mid March - Ann[e] Milton encourages all to take part.
- No young person should feel pressured into behaviours they are not ready for. Good quality SRE is vital. Ann[e] Milton MP
- Ann[e] Milton's mission is to make it RSE because the Relationship part gets lost. Current SRE not good enough.
- Julie Bentley @fpacharity asks AM [Anne Milton] commit to statutory SRE. Answer is no "regulation & compulsion is a way of ministers covering their arses" [sic]
- Ann[e] Milton wants to see better SRE without it becoming statutory. Difficult to know how to do that without the framework.
- Q: How do we drive the Sex Positive msg without strong commitment from Gov? A: leadership is important & we must talk more
- Ann[e] Milton says the 'Just say no' msg will not happen on her watch & we should contact her if we hear politicians say it.
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