A NEW BILL OF SEXUAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

(AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION, 1976)
  1. THE BOUNDARIES OF HUMAN SEXUALITY NEED TO BE EXPANDED.
  2. DEVELOPING A SENSE OF EQUITY BETWEEN THE SEXES IS AN ESSENTIAL FEATURE OF A SENSIBLE MORALITY.
  3. REPRESSIVE TABOOS SHOULD BE REPLACED BY A MORE BALANCED AND OBJECTIVE VIEW OF SEXUALITY BASED UPON A SENSITIVE AWARENESS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND NEEDS.
  4. EACH PERSON HAS BOTH AN OBLIGATION AND A RIGHT TO BE FULLY INFORMED ABOUT THE VARIOUS CIVIC AND COMMUNITY ASPECTS OF HUMAN SEXUALITY.
  5. POTENTIAL PARENTS HAVE BOTH THE RIGHT AND THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PLAN THE NUMBER AND TIME OF BIRTH OF THEIR CHILDREN, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT BOTH SOCIAL NEEDS AND THEIR OWN DESIRES.
  6. SEXUAL MORALITY SHOULD COME FROM A SENSE OF CARING AND RESPECT FOR OTHERS; IT CANNOT BE LEGISLATED. Laws can and do protect the young from exploitation and people of any age from abuse. Beyond that, forms of sexual expression should not be a matter of legal regulation. (emphasis added).
  7. PHYSICAL PLEASURE HAS WORTH AS A MORAL VALUE.
  8. INDIVIDUALS ARE ABLE TO RESPOND POSITIVELY AND AFFIRMATIVELY TO SEXUALITY THROUGHOUT LIFE; THIS MUST BE ACKNOWLEDGED AND ACCEPTED.
  9. IN ALL SEXUAL ENCOUNTERS, COMMITMENT TO HUMANE AND HUMANISTIC VALUES SHOULD BE PRESENT. No person's sexual behavior should hurt or disadvantage another. This principle applies to all sexual encounters... (emphasis added).

CONCLUSION: At this point in our history, we human beings are embarking on a wondrous adventure. For the first time, we realize that we own our own bodies. Until now, our bodies have been in bondage to church or state, which have dictated how we could express our sexuality. We have not been permitted to experience the pleasure and joy of the human body and our sensory nature to their full capacity.

"However, the constitutional guarantees of the freedom of religion do not sanction harming another person in the practice of one's religion, and they do not allow religion to be a legal defense when one harms another".

Committee on Bioethics. American Academy of Pediatrics-1988



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