I am a Masters Human Rights graduate from Birkbeck College and I am writing a feature article about religious organisations being publicly funded to provide public services. In 2011 there has been media coverage about Catholic charites with a history of campaigning against abortion, against same-sex couples adopting and pro-abstinence campaigning being funded to provide sexual health services that include advice and support on contraception and counselling around abortion and homophobic bullying, for example. In May, the Conservatives announced the launch of the Sexual Education and Relationships Council whose founding members are Right to Life (anti-abortion), Life (anti-abortion) and Silver Ring Thing (pro-abstinence).
I have interviewed humanists, faith leaders, politicians and academics to inform the article. It is essential to understand and communicate to readers personal stories of using faith-based sexual health services. Your personal experience is invaluable to revealing the truth and exploring whether sexual health services for ourselves and future generations will remain secular, equal and high quality care for people of all backgrounds.
If you are over 18 years old and have had an experience, whether good or bad, of using a sexual health service or any public service that is provided by a faith-based organisation it would be great to hear from you.
I will approach national newspapers upon completion of the article for publication. If you would like to contribute your experience but prefer to remain anonymous, I can quote you as an unnamed source.