Catholic schools in Britain will not be forced to provide "non-judgmental" information about abortion and contraception to students, after the Parliament dropped some clauses in a new education bill.
The Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) initiative would have also required lessons for children as young as five and forbidden parents from removing their children from sex education classes once they turned 15, the Catholic News Agency reports.
SRE was a part of the Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) measure, which will be dropped when the House of Lords passes the larger Children, Schools and Family Bill, the report said.
The UK Telegraph reported that Conservatives within the House of Lords called the removal of PSHE from the larger bill a victory for common sense. If the bill had passed, conservatives said teachers in England would have been "swamped" with red tape.
Britain drops controversial sex-ed legislation from bill (Catholic News Agency)