The debates on sexuality education in Romania continue, as the Ministry of Education considers changing the current educational curriculum and upgrading the status of the subject "Education for Health" aka "Sex Education" from optional to compulsory (to be taught in all schools). There is an ongoing discussion in the media, but there haven’t been any legal decisions made.
In response to these discussions, several Christian organizations have issued a letter to the Romanian Ministry of Education, demanding abstinence-only education to be introduced as the potential compulsory subject. In the letter they express anti-LGBT views and argue that providing information on gender identities and homosexuality does harm and causes confusion among youngsters. Also, they attack CSE initiative ‘Sexul vs.Barza’ (Sex vs.Stork) and claim it to be aggressive, unlawful and promoting promiscuity among children. It is also recommended that organizations representing parents should be involved in development of policies regarding health education.
SRHR activists reacted, explaining why it is absurd and outdated to advocate for ‘abstinence until marriage’ -based education. The earliest possible date for the new education law to be adopted by the Parliament is the beginning of 2016. The public debate concerning the law project will likely continue until the end of the year.