Target: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
Goal: Commend Governor Quinn for supporting a requirement for sex ed classes to include information about birth control
In the past, Illinois has required schools that opt to teach sex education only to cover abstinence. Recently, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has supported a bill that requires schools to be more comprehensive, including teaching students about birth control. Sign the petition below to thank Governor Quinn for supporting safer sex education in schools.
Under current policy, grade 6-12 schools can choose whether to teach sex education, and many opt to teach abstinence only. Abstinence-only sex education has not been proven to increase safer sex practices in young people, but strong prevention messages and increased safer sex practices have. According to figures recently released by the Centers for Disease Control, teen pregnancy has declined in the last several years, in part because of “strong teen pregnancy prevention messages” and increased use of contraception in sexually active teenagers.
Under the bill, schools can still opt out of teaching sex education, and those that choose to teach the curriculum still must teach that abstinence is the only way to completely prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. However, they must also teach about contraceptives, including birth control and safe sex practices. Parents can still choose to take their children out of sex education classes without penalty.
Thank Governor Pat Quinn for supporting realistic sex education for young people by signing the petition below.
Dear Governor Pat Quinn,
Thank you for supporting realistic sex education, including teaching young people about birth control. Abstinence-only education does a disservice to teens by preventing them from learning safe sex practices if they choose to become sexually active. By requiring schools to teach students about birth control, you help contribute to the national trend of lowering the number of teen pregnancies, and help prevent unsafe sex practices in young people.
Access to comprehensive knowledge about safe sex practices is important for young people who are making important decisions about sex. Abstinence may be the only way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies, but if teens choose to become sexually active despite this message, it is important to teach them that these things can be prevented in easily accessible ways.
Thank you for your support.
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