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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Illinois House Passes Comprehensive Sex Education Bill

We delighted to announce that the Accurate Sexual Health Education Bill (HB 2675) passed in the Illinois House of Representatives today by a vote of 66 to 52. This is a huge victory for Illinois youth who are now one step closer to receiving age-appropriate sexual health education!
  • HB 2675 creates a standard for existing sexual health education courses in grades 6 through 12.
  •  It provides medically accurate, age appropriate, complete information on reducing sexually transmitted diseases and infections, as well as unintended pregnancies
  • It ensures that local school districts can choose curricula that meet their community’s standards
  • It allows for parents to remove their children from sexual health education courses for any reason without penalty to their child.
From Carole Brite, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois:

“The goal of any top quality sexual health education program should be to help young people make responsible, healthy decisions. Today we are pleased that sixty-six members of the Illinois House voted to ensure that teens in Illinois have access to medically accurate, age appropriate, comprehensive sex education. Studies show that sex education that covers contraception and disease prevention results in teens who are more likely to delay sexual activity and use protection when sexual activity does occur. This bill is a huge step forward in advancing the health and safety of young people in Illinois—while they are teenagers and throughout their adult lives—and we look forward to thoughtful consideration by the Illinois Senate.” 

Along with our coalition partners including the ACLU of Illinois and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Planned Parenthood of Illinois has worked hard on this common sense piece of legislation for the past three years. Today that hard work paid off.

We'd like to thank all of our volunteers and activists for their support on this issue. The fight for comprehensive, age appropriate sexual health education will continue as we shift our efforts to the Illinois Senate! Stay tuned for updates on what you can do to help!
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This post was created by Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL). PPIL provides comprehensive reproductive healthcare services and education to more than 60,000 Illinoisans each year. Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA) is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of PPIL.

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