THE BRONX - Religious groups are asking Mayor Michael Bloomberg to reassess the new city mandate that all middle and high school students will be required to take sex-education classes.

Religious leaders say they are outraged that parents did not have a say in the planned curriculum.  They say they believe the curriculum has too much emphasis on contraception and not enough on abstinence.

The Department of Education says its curriculum does include lessons on abstinence.  Additionally, parents can opt their kids out of classes on contraception.

Sex ed classes now required for city schools