.- The city of Buenos Aires for now will not have a âsexual education lawâ which had been proposed by a group of homosexuals and brought before the Buenos Aires legislature by Representative Ana Suppa.
Suppaâs bill proposed an obligatory sexual education program for public schools prepared by the Argentinean Gay and Lesbian Society of Integration.
Representative Santiago De Estada called Suppaâs bill âa direct attack on the authority of parents, who would be completely left out of the sexual education that would be given to their children,â and he said the programâs content âwould not be accepted by the vast majority of parents.â
De Estrada offered his own sexual education bill which would have allowed the constant presence of parents and would have been extracurricular and optional.
During debate on the measures, Suppa accused De Estrada of proposing a sexual education program âfor the sole purpose of blocking the approval of the bill promoted by my office,â and she said the opinions had been polarized between those âwho on the one hand wish to defend public schools and equal education and on the other those who defend the rights of parents and the subsidiary role of the State.â
De Estrada responded saying, âNobody doubts the need for sexual education, but the discussion concerns the content and who will be providing it and putting it into practice.â âOpposition to Suppaâs bill is coming from parents, teachers and diverse religions, while support is coming only from feminist non-governmental organizations.â
When debate final ended, Suppaâs bill received 24 votes in favor and 28 against, and De Estradaâs received 26 votes in favor, 3 against, and 23 abstentions. Neither of the bills obtained the needed 31 votes to become law.