To: David Lifferth,
Subject: Vote no
Date: Wed Feb 24 00:42:33 MST 2016
I am writing to ask you to oppose HB 246 or any other bill that brings Comprehensive Sexual Education into our Schools.
Utah already has a comprehensive, abstinence based, Sex Education Curriculum. It teaches our 8-12 graders very effectively about the anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive systems, fertilization and fetal development, and the birth process. It educates them about STD’s and that abstinence and fidelity are the proven and most effective ways to prevent infection. I studied this online course with my High School Senior. It is informative and effective, and already more explicit than my high schooler would have liked.
(For Utah curriculum see http://www.uen.org/core/core.do?courseNum=7150 specifically Standard 6 Objecitves 1 thru 4)
Comprehensive Sexual Education (CSE) expands Sex Education to grade school children, and its concepts are not restricted to Health Classes. It is graphic and perverse in nature. CSE has many highly controversial components, some of which teach children that they are sexual beings entitled to sexual gratification thru masturbation and/or experimentation with others of the same or opposite sex. Please refer to stopCSE.org to review the intent of CSE and the resources that will be used in this explicit, amoral, and promiscuous curriculum.
Parents will lose control over what their children are being taught. While Mr King's bill says parents will be able to opt out of CSE, “the intent of those promoting CSE is to expose children to the sexuality programs without the knowledge or consent of their parents.” This has been evident in other States that have adopted CSE. The eventual removal of parental consent laws and the comprehensive nature of this education, “would severely undermine the ability of parents to raise their children as they see fit and to be aware of health-related services being provided to their children. This is a blatant violation of parental rights and weakens the ability of parents to protect their children from those who would seek to sexualize them.”
Utah's abstinence base education is already sufficient to keep Utah consistently ranked among the lowest in the Nation for STD's and Teen Pregnancy. Promoters of CSE cite rates of STD’s and Teen Pregnancy as reasons for their curriculum. Our abstinence based education is effective and informative and is the proven most effective way to reduce STD’s and Teen Pregnancy. Abstinence before marriage and fidelity after protect our families and our society.
CSE is a concern to the majority of parents across the nation. (Thirty one States do not require information on contraception in their current curriculum.) Parents all over the country share our concern. For example, please refer to http://www.protectparkwaystudents.org/our-concerns-check-the-facts/ to see the concise and valid concerns of parents in Missouri.
Please vote against any measure that would bring Comprehensive Sex Education to Utah Schools, and help support other parents and States in rejecting CSE. Please encourage your fellow legislators to do the same.