Trump is Pushing Harmful Abstinence Sex Education

  • by: Care2 Team
  • recipient: Department of Health and Human Services
When access to comprehensive sex education, birth control and abortion are limited, women suffer. That's why it's such a huge problem that Trump has announced that Title X funding will be awarded for abstinence until marriage programs and NOT to birth control or comprehensive sex education. 

Sign now if you want this nation's youth to have comprehensive sex and relationship education.

Programs that preach abstinence until marriage are not only inneffective in their goal, but they are actively harmful. They don't actually result in less sex before marriage, they just result in unsafe and guilt-ridden sex before marriage. The verdict is in: young people will have sex either way. The best thing we can do is give them all the information on the physical, emotional and mental affects of that sex. 

In this #MeToo moment, it has become alarmingly clear how few people understand consent. Comprehensive sex and relationship education would go a long way to changing a systemic problem. Because it's not only about STIs, though that information must also be disseminated. It's also about consent, respect and having all the information to make the best decision for yourself when it comes to sex and love. 

I was raised in a society that didn't teach comprehensive sex education and it led me to make physically and emotionally unsafe decisions. I wish I had learned about STIs, birth control, enthusiastic consent and my right to say no anytime to anyone, even an intimate partner. I think our children deserve that information. 

It's women and members of the LGBTQ community that suffer the most from lack of information. But those are people already systemically penalized just for being themselves. Funding accurate and comprehensive sex ed, including LGBTQ sex ed, would be a big step in the right direction for equality. 

Please joining me in calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to re-evaluate their priorities in awarding Title X grants. We must fund comprehsenvie sex and relationship education if we ever want true equality in this country. 
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