Sex education includes instruction on issues relating to human sexuality, anatomy, reproduction, sexual activity, disease, abstinence and birth control. Each year, more than 850,000 American girls ages 15-19 become pregnant, with 80% of these pregnancies unintended. Also each year, young people between 15 and 25 contract about 9 million cases of sexually transmitted diseases including herpes and HIV. Studies have shown that teens who receive comprehensive sex education are 50% less likely to have an unintended pregnancy than those who havenâ€™t. Advocates claim comprehensive sex education combined with emergency contraception has been proven to greatly reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy. Studies also show that young Americans who pledge virginity and abstinence are just as likely as non-pledgers to contract STDs, and are also less likely to use contraception if they do become sexually active. Evaluations of sex education and STD prevention programs show they do not increase the rate of sexual initiation or lower the age at which youths initiate sex. These programs also do not increase the frequency of sex or the number of sex partners among sexually active youth. More than 90% of the parents of junior high and high school students surveyed believe it is important their children be taught abstinence, pregnancy and STD prevention in school sex education programs.
S.13 & H.R.718 – Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of 2013
S.372 & H.R.725 – Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2013
I oppose reforming current sex education policy and wish to defeat S.13 & H.R.718 and S.372 & H.R.725
I support awarding grants for qualified sexual risk avoidance education to youth and their parents; requiring such education to meet certain criteria, including: being age-appropriate, medically accurate, and evidence-based; teaching the skills and benefits of sexual abstinence as the optimal sexual health behavior for youth; and teaching the benefits of refraining from nonmarital sexual activity, the advantage of reserving sexual activity for marriage, and the foundational components of a healthy relationship; giving priority to programs that serve youth ages 12 to 19 and that will promote the protective benefits of parent-child communication regarding healthy sexual decision making, and wish to pass S.13 & H.R.718
I support awarding competitive grants to institutions of higher education to enable such institutions to provide young people with comprehensive sex education with an emphasis on reducing HIV, other sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancy; training targeted faculty and staff in order to increase effective teaching of comprehensive sex education for elementary and secondary school students. Prohibiting federal funds provided under this Act from being used for health education programs that deliberately withhold life-saving information about HIV; are medically inaccurate or have been scientifically shown to be ineffective; promote gender stereotypes; are insensitive and unresponsive to the needs of sexually active youth or lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender youth; or are inconsistent with the ethical imperatives of medicine and public health. Also, amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to repeal a prohibition against the use of authorized funds to operate a program of contraceptive distribution in schools, and wish to pass S.372 & H.R.725