São Paulo city council endorses bill encouraging teenage sexual abstinence

For the opposition, if passed and sanctioned by the mayor, the establishment of the program will mark the beginning of a "conservative turn" in the city under Ricardo Nunes' administration.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The São Paulo city council is expected to vote on the bill that creates the 'Escolhi Esperar' (I Chose to Wait) program on Thursday, June 17, which advocates sexual abstinence as a contraceptive method for teenagers. The mayoralty issued a favorable opinion on the bill, with government leader Fabio Riva (PSDB) as rapporteur.

The bill's author city councilor Rinaldi Digilio (PSL) says that the proposal is intended to "add primary prevention to the range of public policies" on pregnancy.

"Teenagers and adolescents will continue to have access to condoms, contraceptives, IUD and all contraceptive . . .

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