June 28, 2016
League of Women Voters of Massachusetts

Your Representative to Pass Comprehensive

Sex Education Bill

The comprehensive sex education bill, S.2062, An Act relative to Healthy Youth, passed the state Senate with bipartisan support last November. It has remained in the House Ways & Means Committee ever since.
Please call or email your state Representative now and ask him or her to contact the Speaker's office to move this bill to the floor for a vote and then to vote yes in its favor. Time is running out to get this important bill passed this legislative session, which ends July 31. You can find contact information for your Representative here. If you email, be sure to include your home address.
Every young person in Massachusetts deserves access to comprehensive, inclusive, age-appropriate and medically-accurate information about their health. We have a real opportunity to empower young people to take control of their health - and combat serious issues like teen dating violence, sexual assault, and sexually-transmitted infections. This bill would ensure that, when schools do teach sexuality education, they use a curriculum that teaches the benefits of abstinence and delaying sexual activity but also provides vital information about effective contraception, prevention of pregnancy and disease, and the skills needed to form healthy, respectful relationships and make healthy decisions. The bill includes a provision for parents to opt out of such a program for their children.
LWVMA has been working on this bill for years. You can read our testimony (on an earlier version of the bill) here. Now is the time to make comprehensive sex education a reality in Massachusetts.

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