On October 15th, 2009, SIECUS – the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States – held our seventh annual Back to School briefing on Capitol Hill. We use this moment to remind policymakers that a “just say no” approach is failing our kids.
October is Sex Ed Month of Action and a coalition of groups has joined together to tell Congress it’s time for the federal government to get REAL about sex education. Will your voice be heard?
A message from a teen peer educator to parents, schools and policy makers: Providing us with ‘abstinence-only-until-marriage’ programs limits our decision making abilities and puts our lives at risk.
I have to give kudos to Michael Gerson for stating in a recent Washington Post column that abstinence-only-until-marriage might be a “nice idea” for those who see these issues in religious or ideological terms, but is not feasible as a social expectation.
Advocates for evidence-based, comprehensive sex education realized two major gains in the health care reform process last night, defeating an amendment to the House Energy and Commerce Committee Affordable Health Choices Act that would have extended discredited abstinence-only-until-marriage programs, and passing another amendment introduced by Congresswman Lois Capps creating a Healthy Teen Initiative.
A husband and wife abstinence-only-until-marriage education team appear to find ways to keep your tax dollars in their family.
If the omnibus fails, critical AIDS programs will be flat-funded as will other sexual and reproductive health programs, and funding for misleading abstinence-only programs will remain high.
Now that Bristol Palin has dared to use her own voice to speak out about the challenges of early motherhood, the fact that “abstinence-only-until-marriage” is unrealistic, and the need for real sex ed, the far right is throwing her under the bus.