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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Jul 14, 2014

In a social debate that mirrors that of the United States, the Edmonton school board in Alberta, Canada has ended their abstinence only sexual education.  Following a complaint from 18-year-old Emily Dawson and her mother Kathy, the Edmonton Public School Board has said teachers are no longer allowed to use an anti-abortion center to teach part of its sex ed curriculum.

The mother and daughter filed a human rights complaint over a seminar that the Edmonton Pregnancy Care Center held at McNally High School last year. Dawson stated that the Centre willfully misled students about contraception, sexually transmitted infections and other issue in an effort to promote abstinence as the only viable form of birth control.

Following a social media campaign and considerable news coverage from Canada’s CBC network the Edmonton school board changed their decision in regards to the curriculum.

In a Facebook post made on Friday, The EPSB wrote that they had a registered nurse visit one of the presentations unannounced and stated they are looking further into the matter.

The EPSB is an affiliate of Care-Net, a U.S.- based Christian organization that staunchly opposes abortion.

For more information on the abstinence debate in the United States and Canada and to hear Emily Dawson’s full interview with the CBC listen below.