HB 3027 requires that IF a public school chooses to teach sex education, THEN the program must be medically accurate and developmentally and age appropriate. It does not apply to private or religious schools. It does not require any specific lesson plan, activities, or materials. Instead, schools have flexibility to choose among numerous curricula. In addition, parents can remove their children from sexual health education courses for any reason and students cannot be penalized.
Planned Parenthood was joined by a number of coalition partner members such as the ACLU of Illinois, Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, and the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health. There were over 200 people in attendance, including a large group of Illinois youth. The group had a training in the morning and then met at the Capitol for a rally where they heard from bill sponsor, Rep. Camille Lilly (D-78, Chicago), and Rep. Robyn Gabel (D-18, Evanston) speak.
1 in 2 sexually active people will get an STD by the age of 25. Planned Parenthood believes that our youth need to have the knowledge and tools to protect themselves from STDs and unintended pregnancy. Comprehensive sex education in Illinois schools that is age-appropriate and medically accurate is an important step toward ensuring that our youth lead healthier and happier lives.
What can you do? Urge your state representative to vote yes for HB 3027 today! Contact your Rep by calling the Capitol switchboard at 217-782-2000. Contact info for specific representatives can be found here: http://www.ilga.gov/house/.
To learn more about comprehensive sex education, click here.
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