Analysis: Does bill suggesting abstinence as contraception usher in more conservative era in São Paulo?

Opposition and activists claim that the ‘Escolhi esperar’ (I chose to wait) bill would pave the way for a massive wave of conservatism. The mayor of São Paulo, who supports the draft, denies there is any ideological slant in the bill.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A bill on sex education for adolescents entitled 'Escolhi esperar' is causing a stir in the São Paulo City Council and worrying activists from social movements involved with the rights of women, children and adolescents.

Bill 813/2019, to be voted on this Thursday, June 17, sponsored by city councilor Rinaldi Digilio (PSL), proposes the creation of a program for the "prevention and awareness of early pregnancy," with the holding of lectures, exhibitions, and other activities to "spread information about preventive and educational measures" on the matter.

Although the wording does not mention sexual abstinence . . .

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