As well as providing an excellent model of good practice and quality resources, Education For Choice campaigns tirelessly to end the appalling and deliberate misinformation of young people that’s going on in schools and counselling centres around the country. Education For Choice is a small, but extremely effective organisation doing a vital job. I’m happy to offer them my support.
It is essential that young people receive unbiased, evidence based objective information about contraception and abortion to enable them to make informed choices at the beginning of their sexual lives. Unfortunately the messages they receive via the media and music business tend to separate sex from its consequences so unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease occur more often than they need to.
The anti-choice movement tends to be against contraception and much of the information they dispense about abortion is untrue, overstating the risks of this safe operation and frightening young women with the spectre of infertility.
Education for Choice fulfils an important role in combating this misinformation and giving young people the information they need in a sensitive and straightforward way.
We first came across the services Education For Choice provide for teachers while we were making our 'Teenage Mothers' documentary. Many of the young women we met lacked the knowledge about the options available to them when faced with an unwanted pregnancy. When we came to make our documentary film on Abortion Education, EFC was one of the first organisations we approached. The support and advice they provided for our film helped us immeasurably. We believe they enabled us to demonstrate that abortion education can and must be tackled by teachers in a way that is honest, informative and appropriate for young people. We wish them well in their work.
Dear Education For Choice,
As my book, Abortion - The Essential Guide, is now complete and with the publisher, I wanted to take time out to say a huge thank you for the help and support you gave me during the research and writing process.
When Lisa generously offered to meet with me and spare time talking about this issue in detail, I felt that the purpose of the book was sealed. Lisa's passion, expertise and knowledge on the subject was invaluable as I was at an early stage of researching the book and her thoughts helped me to shape its direction. The amazing work that EFC do certainly embodies the ethos I was trying to capture with the book.
I'm very proud of the book I have produced and hope that it will help women to make the right choices for them and, however and whenever they encounter the issue, approach abortion empowered with information. Time will tell if I have achieved this goal, but I couldn't have even attempted it without the indispensable help and support offered to me by Education for Choice.
In the future, as the work I do is often directed towards young people making choices about sex and relationships, I will not hesitate to talk to them about Education for Choice and the work you do.
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