Conservative groups have reacted angrily to a UNESCO-proposed set of guidelines on sex education as being age inappropriate and supportive of access to abortion as a right. The guidelines, aimed at curbing HIV/AIDS transmission, were to be distributed to government, school systems and teachers around the globe but have been withdrawn from UNESCO's Web site in the wake of the controversy, and the release of the final document has been postponed. "The main effort is to try to empower young people with knowledge that could actually save their lives," UNESCO's HIV/AIDS coordinator Mark Richmond said. "We want to give them the opportunity for more informed choices than currently exist."

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