To: Brad Last, Lowry Snow, LaVar Christensen, Kim Coleman, Bruce Cutler, Steve Eliason, Justin Fawson, Francis Gibson, Eric Hutchings, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, mnoel, Marie Poulson,
Subject: House Bill 246
Date: Mon Feb 22 17:27:30 MST 2016
I am asking you to vote NO on HB 246. This is NOT simply about teaching more than abstinence. It is NOT about sex ed. It opens the door to the hyper-sexualization of children, and it is NOT representative of the values in our state. Utah's sexual education program is already working. I've come across these numbers as proof:
Utah as a state has the least number of abortions in the US.
As of 2010, Utah ranks 50 in the number of annual abortions with 4 per 1,000 pregnancies of youth ages 14-19. The national is average 15 per 1,000.
As of 2010, Utah ranks 45 in teen pregnancy with 38 per 1,000 of youth ages 14-19. The national average is 57 per 1,000.
Because of Utah’s low abortion rate, teen birth rates go up some. As of 2012 Utah ranks 39th with a birth rate of 23 per 1,000,of youth ages 14-19. The national average is 30 per 1,000.
STDS are low with Utah ranking 50th for chlamydia infection, 48th in gonorrhea infection, and zero cases of syphilis infection as of 2011, youth ages 15-19.
I don't feel this is a good bill and ask you to vote NO.
Denise Brown (Spanish Fork)