.- The coalition, âSpain Educates in Freedomâ has demanded that Spainâs socialist government remove the âso-called educational aspectsâ from the country's new abortion law, saying they violate the right of parents to choose the kind of formation they want for their children.
The coalition recently released a statement claiming that the âsupposed educational developmentâ in the law âconstitutes another step forwardâ for the âideological and cultural projectâ the Spanish government is attempting to carry out. This project was undertaken with many legislated requirements, one of which is the âEducation for the Citizenryâ courses currently mandated in Spainâs schools. This course, the coalition states, violates âthe right of parents to have their children receive the religious and moral formation that conforms to their own convictions.â
The statement also said the government has the duty to be âideologically neutral.â It noted that the right of parents to choose the kind of moral formation they want for their children is âprotected by the Constitution and by numerous international texts and treaties.â
Parents have said that âsexual education is an intimately personal matterâ which carries moral implications and must therefore be free of government intrusion.
The coalition asserted that the new abortion law and its intrusion into this topic must be rejected because basic education on human sexuality is already part of the school curriculum. Therefore, there is no need to introduce so-called sexual and reproductive health education into the current school environment.
âIf such teaching is introduced into the curriculum,â the coalition warned, âwe will act using every legitimate means within our reach to defend the rights and freedoms that belong to us, simply by virtue of being parents, without excluding recourse to appropriate legal action and to conscientious objection.â