The minister defended in Congress that minors “have the right to know that they can love and have sexual relations with whoever they want as long as there is consent” She formulated the phrase in response to criticism of the reform that allows abortion without parental permission to minors under 16 and 17 years of age Santiago Abascal has called for Montero’s resignation and the closure of his ministry The minister made her words in response to criticism from deputies Lourdes Méndez Monasterio, from Vox, and María Auxiliadora Pérez, from PP, during the Commission of Equality of the Congress of Deputies held this Wednesday. The phrases of the controversy are these: “[La] sex education that is a right of boys and girls. All boys, girls, children in this country have the right to know their own body, to know that an adult cannot touch her body if they don’t want to. That is a form of violence. They have the right to know that they can love and have sex with whoever they want, as long as there is consent.” The context From some accounts that usually spread conservative content, they have come to describe these words as “apology for pederasty” or “hypersexualization of minors and promotion of sexual acts between minors and adults, corrupting their innocence”. But we must take into account the context in which they were pronounced. Montero responded to criticism for the reform of the abortion law that allows the termination of pregnancy minors under the age of 16 and 17 without parental permission.The minister, in this context, referred to the fact that the law comprehensively recognized not only this right of minors but also others, in a broader sense, related to sexual education Right after these sentences, Montero returns to the issue of abortion and specifies the ages of the minors he is referring to: “Girls aged 16 and 17, the majority they speak with their families, with their friends, with teachers, with trusted adults before making a decision that will be difficult for some and not for others”. The bill that was being debated includes, for example, in its article 9 that “the harmonious development of sexuality at each stage of the life cycle, with special attention to adolescence and youth” will be promoted. The focus is therefore on young people and adolescents, not on possible sexual relations of children in their first years of life. On other occasions, the Minister for Equality has highlighted the importance of the law addressing the progressive sexual education of children because “learning about our sexuality occurs” in any case, even through violent or pornographic content, to which children actually access, on average, from the age of eight. Montero responds On Thursday morning, Montero responded to questions from journalists about this controversy in the corridors of Congress. “I am very ashamed of the campaign of the extreme right. Against me they can say what they want, but our country deserves an agreement to guarantee that all boys, girls, children have the right and access to comprehensive sexual education”, The minister has insisted, arguing that “sex education is a right of boys and girls, of adolescents” whose objective is to guarantee that they have “lives free of violence and in the future freely live their sexuality and their affective relationships “.Vox calls for the dismissal of MonteroThe president of Vox, Santiago Abascal, has requested the “urgent” resignation or dismissal of the Minister for Equality, Irene Montero, as well as the closure of her ministry. For Abascal “it is urgent” the resignation or dismissal of Irene Montero “and that she close that totalitarian ministry when she leaves.” “Get your dirty hands off the children!” Abascal wrote on his Twitter profile.
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