Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Urgent Action Alert: Tell Hawaii Senators to SUPPORT SB 922 on Sex Ed!

Please submit your comments online in SUPPORT of senate bill 922, which requires the DOE to inform parents of the content of sex ed curricula and gives parents an opt-out provision if they prefer to teach their kids the facts of life themselves. This bill is scheduled for a hearing by the Education and Health Committees this Friday, February 4 at 2:45pm (Conference Room 225, Hawaii State Capitol, 415 South Beretania St, Honolulu).

Senate Bill 922 states that schools shall be required to notify and receive written consent from parents or legal guardians prior to any sex education, explain the content of sex ed programs, and allow parents the right to opt out their children from DOE's sex ed program. It should be noted that government sex ed programs have never proven to reduce the incidences of teen pregnancies, rape, or intimate partner violence.

During the last legislative session, Hawaii legislators voted to refuse Title X federal funding for abstinence-based sex ed, and Hawaii public schools are discouraged from teaching abstinence, which is the only proven method of preventing pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, and other problems. This bill provides parental choice in the matter of sex ed, encouraging parents to talk to their children about these issues themselves and providing the legal right to say no to government sex ed philosophies.

Related links:
Submit online testimony regarding SB 922 to the education and health committees

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