We had some exciting news this week. After two years of organizing, parents and teens in Pittsburgh are celebrating a victory for comprehensive sexuality education. On Tuesday night the Pittsburgh school board voted 8-1 to drop the district’s abstinence-only-until marriage approach and to put in its place a curriculum that gives students the information they need to make healthy and responsible decisions about sex.
We featured the early stages of this organizing effort in last year’s Freedom Files episode, The Freedom to Know: Sex Education .
We applaud everyone who helped make this battle to ensure that Pittsburgh schools provide students with accurate and complete information about contraception and help them develop the skills they need to lead healthy lives. Now let’s hope our federal government sees the light and stops funding failed abstinence-only-until-marriage programs in our federal budget. You can help by sending a message to President Obama urging him to fund comprehensive sex education.
As Pittsburgh goes, so goes the nation. . . .