STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF THE YOUTH WELLNESS ACT
For Immediate Release: May 3, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2019
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PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF THE YOUTH WELLNESS ACT
DENVER, CO - The following statement was released today, May 3, and is attributed to Vicki Cowart, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains:
“We are incredibly proud today that The Youth Wellness Act, HB 19-1032, our comprehensive sex education bill in partnership with ACLU of Colorado, has passed the Senate and is on it’s way to the Governor’s desk.
“This important bill gives students age-appropriate information that will help them lead healthy lives. This bill does not change the fact that Colorado does not require sex education, but it does require that when schools decide to teach sex ed, they provide students with complete, truthful, medically-accurate information - a win for Colorado students.
“What does not belong in public school sex education is instruction that is punitive, shaming, or that promotes a particular religion’s approach to human sexuality. Tolerance begins with knowledge about both our differences and similarities, and this bill is an important step in ensuring all Colorado students are respected in their classrooms.
“Today, Colorado proudly joins the growing list of states that will offer consent education, a topic that is absolutely critical in this pivotal moment in history. We are grateful to the bill sponsors, Representatives Lontine and Caraveo and Senators Todd and Coram, and to the hard work of our staff and supporters this legislative session.”
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, which includes Colorado, Southern Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming, has been helping individuals make responsible decisions for over 100 years.
Since 1916, we have been committed to delivering the highest quality reproductive health care, teaching responsible and age-appropriate sex education, and have been working diligently to protect an individual’s right to make their own decisions. Each year nearly 100,000 women, men, and teens visit our 24 health centers throughout our region.
Call 1.800.230.PLAN for the Planned Parenthood nearest you.