Friday, June 19, 2009

New York Healthy Teens Act Passed!

I've been ranting and raving for the past year about funding for comprehensive sex education for our kids here in New York State. The bill for the Healthy Teens Act had been floundering in the State Senate for about 5 years. Meanwhile, the teen pregnancy rate in New York State (and everywhere else) has been rising. But today, I received the following in my inbox from the Family Planning Advocates of NY State:

We are excited to announce that this week, the New York State Assembly passed the Healthy Teens Act with huge bipartisan support! The 129-16 vote shows just how much educating your community and your Assembly member about the need for comprehensive sex ed has paid off.

The Healthy Teens Act would create a grant program to support school and community efforts to implement age-appropriate, medically accurate sex education programs. This program is vitally important in statewide efforts to educate young people to make healthy decisions and to prevent unintended pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections.

If you see me smiling this weekend (despite the forecast for more rain...where the heck is spring, anyway?!) you'll know why.

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