Success: Abstinence-Only Sex Education Prohibited


Target: Sandra Hassick, MD, President of The American Academy of Pediatrics; Andrew Uehling, Board Chair of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network

Goal: Praise organizations for winning their lawsuit against abstinence-only sex education.

A judge has ruled that teaching students to remain celibate before marriage or that abstinence is the only safe way to prevent pregnancy and transmitted diseases is prohibited by California’s sex-education law. The decision was made by Fresno County Superior Court Judge Donald Black, who interpreted abstinence-only sex education as falling short of standards from California’s 11-year-old law on sex education and disease prevention. This decision applies only to the Clovis Unified School District.

Those at ForceChange loudly supported the coalition that was made up of a district the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, who were represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the law firm of Simpson Thatcher and Bartlett LLP.

The decision is the first of its kind in California and now sets a precedent that young people need accurate information when it comes to sex education and that the abstinence-only sex curricula is medically inaccurate.

Please thank the hard work of those who pushed the lawsuit and won their case by signing the petition below.

Dear Dr. Hassick and Mr. Uehling,
I would like to first congratulate you on winning the case that you brought against Clovis Unified School District in California and extend a congratulations to those who represented you, the ACLU, and the law firm of Simpson Thatcher and Bartlett LLP. This case will set a welcome precedent that gives better information to young people in sex education.
Teaching young people that remaining celibate until marriage is the only way to practice safe sex is naive and not a proper sex education. Filling students minds with such misinformation is dangerous and studies have shown that states that teach abstinence-only sex education have the highest rates of pregnancy. They need accurate information instead of someone else’s ignorant beliefs being pushed on them.
Thanks to Judge Donald Black’s interpretation of California’s 11-year-old sex law on sex education and disease prevention, the school will no longer be able to push the abstinence-only-until-marriage curricula. It is about time that we stop misinforming young people because of outdated beliefs.
Thank you for taking a stand against the spread of misinformation and promoting proper sex education. Young people deserve to be informed with accurate information and this sets a precedent that other schools will hopefully follow in the future.
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