From: Micah Schow
To: Justin Fawson, Steve Eliason, Bruce Cutler, Kim Coleman, LaVar Christensen, mnoel, Carol Moss, Daniel McCay, David Lifferth, Eric Hutchings, Francis Gibson,
Subject: I support H.B. 246, here is why I hope you will too.
Date: Sat Feb 20 08:10:02 MST 2016
Body:
House Education Committee Members,

My name is Micah Schow. I am 24-years-old and I live in Pleasant Grove, UT. I am emailing you pledge my support for H.B. 246 Reproductive Health Amendments ( http://le.utah.gov/~2016/bills/static/HB0246.html).

I am speaking as someone who completed their high school education in Utah County feeling unprepared for a healthy sexually active adulthood. While I understand the idealism of healthy sexual education taking place in the household, I don't feel that the provisions in 53A-13-101 sufficiently educate students who are in the position where they are not being educated on such things in a home environment.

I hope you will consider the following research from Utah Department of Health (Source: http://health.utah.gov/epi/data/stdsurveillance/2004.2013_STD_Report.pdf):

-From 2004 to 2012, the most recent year for which national statistics were available at the time this report was written, Utah’s chlamydia rate was an average of 57% of the U.S. rate. Utah’s chlamydia rate increased 61.8% from 160.6 cases per 100,000 population in 2004 to 260.0 in 2013.

-Two-thirds of the chlamydia cases reported in Utah in 2013 were among persons 15-24 years of age

-From 2011 to 2013, the rate of reported Ghonorrea cases increased to from 8.9 to 32.8 cases per 100,000 population, an increase of 233%. 65% of the reported gonorrhea cases in Utah were among persons 20-34 years of age.

I also hope you will consider this poll from Utah Policy in which only 25% of of participants felt that abstinence-only sex education was sufficient: http://utahpolicy.com/index.php/features/today-at-utah-policy/8582-poll-utahns-want-comprehensive-sex-ed-instead-of-abstinence-only

Also regarding the removal of subsection A, clause II which prohibits school teachers from advocating homosexuality, I hope you will consider the following statistics:

-Over 50% of reported homeless youth in Utah identify as LGBTQ, according to the Outreach Resource Center (source: http://www.equalityutah.org/issues/lgbt-youth), which is 30-10% higher than the national average reported by the NCSL (Source:  http://www.ncsl.org/research/human-services/homeless-and-runaway-youth.aspx)

-Research by the CDC ranked Utah fifth in the nation for youth suicide (source:  http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6345a10.htm). The number of these suicides influenced by an absence of advocacy for homosexuality has been acknowledged by the LDS church (source:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865646414/LDS-Church-leaders-mourn-reported-deaths-in-Mormon-LGBT-community.html?pg=all).

This bill can help save lives.

I appreciate your time in reading this email and I hope to hear of your support at the hearing.

Regards,
Micah Schow