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Teen Girl Stops Her School From Teaching Abstinence-Only Sex Ed (Video)

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Emily Dawson, 18, and her mother Kathy filed a human rights complaint about an abstinence-only sex education class taught at McNally High School in Edmonton, Canada, last year.

Dawson claims that the class, taught by the Edmonton Pregnancy Care Centre at McNally, provided false information about contraception and STDs, and pushed abstinence.

"It was based on value-based teachings, instead of scientific fact," Dawson told CBC News (video below). "They basically said that condoms were ineffective and they did not at all talk about the combined methods to protect ourselves during sexual intercourse.

"I immediately texted my mom and told her, 'You wouldn't believe what's going on' because they weren't exactly teaching what should have been required," Dawson added.

Kathy Dawson told the National Post that the abstinence-only class taught the children that gonorrhea would kill them in under three days.

The Edmonton Public School Board recently announced on its Facebook page:

We are asking our schools in the fall to use different presenters so that we can continue this conversation, and focus on meeting the needs of students and parents.

Kathy says she is going to keep pushing her human rights complaint with the Alberta Human Rights Commission. Although the school board decided to drop the abstinence-only teaching, Kathy still wants the school put its policy change in writing.

The Edmonton Pregnancy Care Centre is affiliated with Care Net, a Christian group in the U.S. that opposes abortion and supports abstinence.

The Washington Post reported in 2006 that Care Net is an "an umbrella group for evangelical pregnancy centers across the country, instructs its affiliates to tell callers there is a possibility that abortion can lead to greater risk of breast cancer, according to Molly Ford, an official with the organization."

The Florida Independent noted in 2010 that pro-life Crisis Pregnancy Centers were distributing brochures, provided by Care Net, that suggested abortion caused depression, addiction and suicide.

However, the Edmonton Pregnancy Care Centre blew off the criticism as just the opinion of one mom.

“I think that it's fear-based," Norah Kennedy, executive director of the Edmonton Pregnancy Care Centre, told CBC News. "I think that an individual who decides she's going to just go after something can cause fear to happen.”

However, Kennedy made no mention of the unscientific, fear-based claims made by Care Net.

Sources: CBC News, The Florida Independent, The Washington Post, Facebook, National Post

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