Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Today is National Comprehensive Sex Education Call-In Day!

So that means you should call your legislators and let them know how important it is that they slash funds for abstinence-only sex education and fund comprehensive sex ed. Young people deserve honest and accurate sex education - and they need it now.

Here's a script, via Feministing, with talking points for the call (and an awesome video from ChoiceUSA asking you to call your senators). Don't know who your senator is? Look it up on this site. Seriously, this will take about 5 minutes - and these calls actually make a difference to your legislator.

Script for your call, taken from the lovely folks at Feministing (thank you, Feministing!):

Call 1-888-423-5983 to connect to your Senators office. What to say when you call:

Hi. My name is ________________. May I please speak with the Senator's lead aide on health? I am calling to talk about stripping the Hatch Abstinence-only Amendment from the Health Care Reform bill.

(after they transfer you to the right person in the office)

Hi. My name is ___________ and I am calling from ___________. The Senate Finance Committee recently passed the Hatch Abstinence-only Amendment to Healthcare Reform- reinstating $50 million in funding for failed abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. We need to ensure Congress only funds a comprehensive approach to sex education and does not fund ineffective abstinence-only-until-marriage programs that leave young people at risk. As a constituent of Senator _________, I urge the Senator to work to strip the Hatch Abstinence-only Amendment from the final Healthcare Reform bill.

Other Talking Points to Use:
-Healthcare Reform is a critically important task for this Congress and it should not be hijacked by ideologically motivated earmarks.
-The Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage program expired on June 30th and, at that time, had been refused by nearly half of the states both because of the restrictive nature of the program and the fact that overwhelming evidence has proven these programs to be ineffective and a waste of taxpayer dollars.
-The federal government's own study of the Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage program found these programs to be completely ineffective at their stated goals.
-Moreover, study after study has shown that abstinence-only-until-marriage programs have no effect whatsoever.
-It is time for the federal government to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on these failed programs.
-I stand with the millions of Americans who support teaching both abstinence and contraception. Nationwide polls show that eight-in-ten voters want young people to receive a comprehensive approach to sex education that includes teaching about both abstinence and contraception.


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