June 2, 2015
League of Women Voters of Massachusetts

June 30 -- Lobby for Better Sexual Health Legislation

Summer means nice weather, much needed vacation, and Sexual Health Lobby Day!


Tuesday, June 30, LWVMA is teaming up with 32 other organizations, Attorney General Maura Healey, and sexual health advocates from across the state for the first-ever Sexual Health Lobby Day in Massachusetts. We will be at the Boston State House advocating for An Act Relative to Healthy Youth, H. 448/S. 265 sponsored by Senator Sal DiDomenico and Representatives Jim O'Day and Paul Brodeur. This legislation will break down barriers to sexual health care and education - and we want you to be there with us.

You will have the opportunity to hear from Attorney General Maura Healey and youth advocates about why sexual health education matters to them and why it's so important for legislators to hear our voices.

We'll provide the materials and training you need to meet with your state legislators and ask them to prioritize legislation that will increase access to birth control, comprehensive sex education, and confidential health care.  

We hope you will join us when we raise our voices and advocate for what we believe in. We can make a huge difference in the health and well-being of women, men, and young people across Massachusetts. If you plan to come, it's a good idea to let your legislators know you hope to speak with them between noon and 2 p.m. June 30.

If you cannot attend this lobby day, please contact your Senator and Representative and urge them to support H.448/S.265 An Act Relative to Healthy Youth to provide accurate and age-appropriate information on sexual health care for our children.

Terry Yoffie--Chair, LWVMA Education Committee

June 30, 2015 Sexual Health Lobby Day Schedule, The State House, Boston:

Sexual Health Fair: 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Coffee and meet representatives from the state's leading sexual health providers and advocacy organizations to learn about opportunities to volunteer, take action, and take care of your health.

Raising Our Voices:
 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m., Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and youth advocates will share their stories and get us energized to break down barriers to health care access. Breakfast will be served.

Lobbying 101:
 11 a.m. - noon, Learn what lobbying is and get all the information and practice you need prior to meeting with your elected officials.

Meetings with Legislators:
 Noon - 2 p.m., Join a group from your legislative district(s) in meetings with your state legislators and let them know sexual health matters to you! You will have the opportunity to speak directly with your elected officials and their staff to advocate for important legislation to increase access to birth control, comprehensive sex education, and family planning services.


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