BOSTON— Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) announced today the launch of “Sex Ed Matters,” its new online grassroots campaign to support comprehensive, medically accurate sexuality education in Massachusetts.
The Sex Ed Matters campaign is mobilizing supporters of comprehensive sexuality education to advocate for policies that give young people in Massachusetts the tools they need to make healthy, responsible decisions about sexual activity and relationships. This year, the campaign is focused on getting state legislation, An Act Relative to Healthy Youth, signed into law. The Healthy Youth Act would ensure that schools deciding to provide sexuality education use a comprehensive, medically-accurate, and age-appropriate curriculum.
“Legislators and Governor Patrick should understand there is broad support for comprehensive sexuality education and that constituents of all ages want to see Massachusetts lead the nation on this issue, as it has in other areas like health care reform and marriage equality,” said Marty Walz, Chief Executive Officer of PPLM. “Our online campaign gives supporters of comprehensive sexuality education a home base, connecting them to legislative activities, policy updates, and meaningful advocacy opportunities.”
When it comes to relationships and sex, effective sexuality education programs teach the benefits of abstinence and delaying sexual activity while also providing vital information about effective contraception use, prevention of pregnancy and disease, and the communication skills needed to form healthy, respectful relationships. Research shows that providing this kind of medically-accurate, age-appropriate sexuality education gives young people the skills they need to make healthy decisions.
“With all the research that shows comprehensive sexuality education keeps young people safe and healthy, it is imperative that the state take proactive measures to ensure more students in Massachusetts have this kind of education and information available to them in their schools,” said Walz. “By protecting our youth and passing the Healthy Youth Act, the Massachusetts legislature and Governor Patrick will show they are committed to reducing teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and high school drop-out rates.”
To demonstrate the broad public support for the Healthy Youth Act, Sex Ed Matters will spearhead a photo campaign with residents from across the state in the next few weeks. PPLM will also mobilize supporters to deliver oral and written testimony in support of the bill at the May 14th hearing of the Joint Committee on Education. Supporters can visit pplm.org/sexedmatters to learn more about the campaign.
Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts is the largest freestanding sexual and reproductive health care provider in the state. For over 80 years PPLM has protected and promoted sexual and reproductive health and freedom of choice through clinical services, education and advocacy. For more information, visit www.pplm.org.
Advocacy & Communications Coordinator
May 09, 2013