The Department of Education of Northern Ireland has initiated a consultation on the circumstances under which a parent or guardian can excuse a child from receiving education on abortion, after the UK Government introduced regulations that will compel schools in Northern Ireland to teach secondary school students about abortion.
The consultation addresses the possibility of parents withdrawing their children from this content in schools. The lack of prior public consultation before the implementation of the regulations is criticized, in contrast to other similar policy changes.
It is emphasized that abortion education in England goes beyond legislation, providing detailed information on how to obtain an abortion, even late-term, and how to do so in secret.
The consultation implies an apparent conflict between parental rights and children’s rights without recognizing the international right to abortion. The organization Right To Life UK criticizes the imposition of abortion education in schools and advocates for respect for the values