Berlin, March 3, 2011
A woman in Germany was sentenced to 43 days in prison for refusing to allow her children to attend sex education classes due to her moral convictions. The subject is part of the grade school program which her children attend, writes Aciprensa.
The matter is currently being reviewed in the European Court of Human Rights.
Specialists from the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), who are representing the rights of this family in the Strasbourg court, reported that over the past five years, 35 parents in Germany have gone to prison or been forced to pay large fines for refusing to send their children to sex education classes in state schools.
The head of the organization, "Professionals for Ethics," (PPE), which works with the ADF to guard the rights of parents, Teresa Garcia-Noblejas noted that the German law designates prison terms of four days to a month and a half or a fine of 200 to 2,000 euros for such "crimes." Garcia-Noblejas classified these situations as a violation of international and European law, which states that in questions of morality, the parents are the first and main educators.