Published: 02.22.13| Updated: 02.22.13
DENVER – After many hours of testimony and hearings, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains is pleased to see the Comprehensive Human Sexuality K-12 Education Act (HB-1081) advance out of the House today on third reading by a vote of 37-28.
By strengthening existing state guidelines, HB1081 will ensure our state’s youth have access to the information they need about their own bodies to make responsible decisions about their health. Sexuality education programs that are evidence-based, medically accurate, age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, and comprehensive have been proven to help youth delay the onset of sexual activity, decrease the frequency of sexual activity, reduce the number of sexual partners, and increase condom and contraceptive use. These changes in behavior help prevent unintended pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections.
The next step for HB 1081 will be in the Colorado Senate, where hearings should begin in the next two weeks.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains empowers individuals and families in the communities we serve to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health by providing high quality health services, comprehensive sex education, and strategic advocacy. More than 123,000 women, men, and young adults annually visit our 33 health centers throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Southern Nevada, and Wyoming. Since 1916, we have been the region’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. For more information about Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, call 1.800.230.PLAN or visit pprm.org for the health center nearest you.