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posted Friday, November 2, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 44
State Department may ban sex ed and terms like 'sexual health'
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State Department may ban sex ed and terms like 'sexual health'

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The US State Department is considering a proposal to ban terms like 'comprehensive sexuality education' and 'sexual health.'

According to Politico, 'four people familiar with the issue' told reporters that the proposal to ban the phrases 'is being pushed by a handful of conservative political appointees at the State Department and other agencies, including Mari Stull, an adviser at State whose alleged mistreatment of career government staffers has already sparked multiple federal investigations.'

The journal Foreign Policy adds that the proposal highlights 'the growing influence under President Donald Trump of Christian social conservatives, who have scored a series of successes in recent weeks, including the White House decision to consider rolling back rights for transgender Americans in federal civil rights law.'

The Trump administration's effort appears to focus on the UN, where diplomats are discussing a number of General Assembly resolutions on health, education, and social issues. In these discussions, US State Department officials have sought to strike references to the word 'gender.'

'This is not a symbolic gesture,' said Beirne Roose-Snyder, the director of public policy at the Center for Health and Gender Equity, an organization that advocates for sexual and reproductive health and rights in US foreign policy.

'It is a real harm to the health and rights of individuals, families, and communities and undermines the prevention and treatment of HIV, as well as the avoidance of maternal deaths and unwanted pregnancies.'

A ban on 'comprehensive sexual education,' which includes LGBT sexuality, has long been a goal of anti-LGBT hate groups, including the inaptly named Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM), the Family Research Council, and NOM.

They may find a receptive ear in Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. As a Kansas congressman between 2011 and 2017, Pompeo was known for his anti-abortion views and criticism of LGBTQ protections, co-sponsoring legislation that would have allowed states to subvert the Supreme Court's protections for same-sex marriage.

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