To: David Lifferth,
Subject: No on HB 246
Date: Mon Feb 22 23:06:14 MST 2016
House Bill 246, the Comprehensive Sexuality Education bill, will go before the House Education Committee in the next couple days. Vote no on this bill! This is NOT simply about teaching more than abstinence. 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.
"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.
A recent and major study published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescents by the Jemmotts of the University of Pennsylvania showed that an abstinence based curriculum not only reduced sexual activity among youth, but demonstrated other “safe sex” and “comprehensive” programs are actually counterproductive. "(wowinfo.org)
Please vote NO! You can change the future of our children and grandchildren for god or bad.
Debora Anderson, Genola, Ut