Keep Sexuality Education in Utah Schools

Target: Utah Senate President Michael G. Waddoups

Goal: Stop a bill allowing Utah schools to stop teaching sexuality education entirely.

The Utah House recently passed a bill that would allow teachers to forgo teaching sexual education altogether, and those who do decide to teach it will be banned from giving instruction on contraception.

The bill (HB363), introduced by Republican Rep. Bill Wright, initially just prohibited teachers from advocating contraceptive use, but was amended to be more conservative. It places restrictions on teaching students “the intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation, erotic behavior” and anything on homosexuality or sex outside of marriage.

This bill is one of the most conservative anti-sex education bills the U.S. has seen, and Wright claims that believing sex ed is necessary is “intellectually dishonest.” He also stated that “sex outside of marriage is devastating” and that there is no evidence to the contrary.

Omitting sex education from health class curriculum does not prevent sexual activity; it only leaves students in the dark about their own bodies and how to make safe, informed decisions. Republican Rep. LaVar Christensen denies that we need sex education at all, saying, “the world has figured out how to populate itself over thousands of years without sex education.” However, this has also led to unplanned pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and inadequate or incorrect information on sex and the human body.

There is overwhelming evidence that teaching students about safe sex and their own bodies can prevent unplanned pregnancies and STIs. Without proper knowledge, young adults are ill-equipped to make responsible choices.

This bill now heads to the Utah Senate, which is overwhelmingly Republican. It is imperative that Utah schools keep sex education in their curriculum. Please sign the letter to Utah Senate President Michael G. Waddoups urging him to keep our students safe and informed.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Sen. Michael G. Waddoups,

Eliminating sexual education classes from school curriculum is irresponsible and should not be implemented. Furthermore, teaching students about contraception can significantly reduce instances of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. It should not be omitted from health classes.

Removing sexuality and contraception from the curriculum will not prevent teens from having sex. Rather, it will leave them uniformed and incapable of making responsible choices. It is not fair or ethical to leave teenagers ignorant on sexuality or their own bodies. Current law already gives teachers agency over how they would like to address abstinence. Taking away that option will leave thousands of students in the dark about their own health. The proposed bill goes too far and denies our students proper health education.

Please vote no to HB363 and let Utah students make safe, informed decisions through knowledge, not ignorance.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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  1. This bill is one of the most conservative anti-sex education bills the U.S. has seen, and Wright claims that believing sex ed is necessary is “intellectually dishonest.” He also stated that “sex outside of marriage is devastating” and that there is no evidence to the contrary.

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