Tomorrow, February 10th, Senate Bill 196 will be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. This legislation has the potential to advance sex education for young people in Alabama, and we need you to contact your Senator, who sits on this committee, today and urge them to recommend passage of Senate Bill 196! Once this bill is approved by the committee, it will then have the opportunity to receive a full Senate vote.
Senate Bill 196 will help make sex education in Alabama more comprehensive in a number of different ways. If successful, this legislation has the power to advance sex education to ensure it is taught in a manner that doesn’t shame or stigmatize sexually active youth or LGBTQ youth.
If successful, Senate Bill 196 will:
• Mandate sex education be medically accurate
• Remove the requirement to emphasize stigmatizing notions of self-control and ethical conduct as it relates to sexual activity
• Mandate the teaching of various forms of contraception without the inclusion of information that undermines their effectiveness
• Remove the requirement to teach that “homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public” or that it is a criminal offense.
All young people deserve to receive sex education that is both medically accurate and free from stigma or bias.
Example email to send to your Senator:
As your constituent, I’m contacting you to urge to you recommend the passage of Senate Bill 196 out of the Senate Judiciary Committee, critical legislation that will help advance sex education for Alabama youth. It is essential that all young people in Alabama receive accurate and inclusive sex education to stay safe and healthy, and with the passage of this bill, we can move closer to this goal.
If passed, Senate Bill 196 will mandate that all sex education taught is medically accurate and ensure that young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and other sexual minority youth do not receive sex education that teaches them that their sexual orientation is not acceptable or a criminal offense. Further, this legislation will remove the requirement to emphasize stigmatizing notions of self-control and ethical conduct as it relates to sexual activity, and ensure that the effectiveness of contraceptives is not undermined.
If you help pass Senate Bill 196, we can work towards the goal of ensuring all Alabama youth receive the sex education they need to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and future. I urge you to recommend the passage of Senate Bill 196 out of the Judiciary Committee to help make this a reality.