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Bellingham, WA – Do teenagers have rights to comprehensive sexual education, or should information be restricted until adulthood?

ACLU Washington’s Whatcom County Chapter and Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood host a program on current sex education policy and programs in our schools locally and nationwide.


The program will feature the 15-minute documentary, “Teens and Sex in Europe: A Story of Rights, Respect and Responsibility” which examines current sex education policies in France, Germany and the Netherlands and compares teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection rates between those countries and the US.


Speakers Linda McCarthy, Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood CEO, Tracy Dahlstedt, Education Director, Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood and Hannah Stone, Whatcom ACLU Steering Committee Member will discuss issues of policy, rights and responsibilities of educators and young adults regarding comprehensive sex education.


Date:               June 3, 2009

Time:              6:00 p.m.

Location:        Bellingham Public Library Lecture Room

210 Central Avenue Bellingham, WA

Cost:               Free

Contact:          Call 360-603-7705 or email [email protected]


Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood has proudly been providing healthcare services for women, men, and teenagers in communities throughout Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan Counties since 1969. Services include HIV and STD testing and treatment; HIV counseling and referrals; HPV vaccine; pregnancy testing; all methods of birth control; cervical cancer screening; testicular, gynecological, and breast exams.


Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood


Stephanie Kountouros, Public Policy Coordinator, 360-603-7705


May 29, 2009