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Oct. 27, 2015
Carrie Mumah at [email protected] or 212-274-7294
Planned Parenthood of New York City Applauds NYC Council for Bills Improving Young People’s Health
Advocates for Comprehensive Sexual Health Education and Evaluation Grades K-12
NEW YORK — Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) applauds the New York City Council for prioritizing young people’s health and safety by introducing three bills that would improve sexual health education in New York City public schools.
”New York City students need and deserve better sex education. As one of the city's leading providers of sexual and reproductive health care and education, we see firsthand how the gaps in sexuality education have a significant, lasting impact on young people's wellbeing. Too often, young people most in need of affirming health education are the least likely to receive it,” said Joan Malin, President and CEO of PPNYC.
The NYC Council has introduced three bills to improve sex education in the schools. Together these bills would:
- Require the Department of Education to report on the number of students accessing health services, including reproductive health support. (#771)
- Require transparency in the sexual health education credentials of instructors.(#2665)
- Mandate the reporting of sexual health education implementation data, including the number and percentage of students receiving it. (#3641)
“PPNYC supports the bills before the NYC Council as a positive first step toward ensuring that all students in New York receive comprehensive and nonjudgmental health education that is culturally competent, respectful, affirming, and gender inclusive, and that sets them up for a lifetime of informed decisions and healthy relationships," Malin continued.
PPNYC and our partners in the Sexuality Education Alliance of New York City (SEANYC) are also seeking additional provisions to the bill that would protect student confidentiality. We are also advocating for a Department of Education Chancellor’s Regulation that would require all New York City public school students, to be provided comprehensive sexual health education that is medically accurate, developmentally appropriate, unbiased, inclusive, and respectful of all -- kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Department of Education currently recommends that students receive sexual health education for part of a semester in middle school and for a semester in high school. However, in a recent survey by the Connect to Protect Bronx Coalition, yet fewer than two-thirds of Bronx high school students said they had learned about healthy relationships and just 37 percent said they learned communication skills related to sexual behavior.
“Right now we have an opportunity to make sure that every student in NYC leaves high school armed with the resources and skills they need to form healthy relationships, protect their health, and build caring communities. Let’s make it happen,” said Malin.
PPNYC is a member of the Sexuality Education Alliance of New York City, a coalition of dozens of advocacy and direct service organizations that support comprehensive sexuality education for all New York City students.
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving nearly 50,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.
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