We have a chance to stop state funding for the ineffective and misleading, so-called "abstinence only" curricula in community teen pregnancy prevention programs. Please email the N.C. Commission on Public Health today in support of comprehensive, medically accurate sexuality and health education.
I've just submitted my own comments to the N.C. Commission on Public Health, in SUPPORT of their proposed rule changes, which would require that any teen pregnancy prevention program include comprehensive, medically accurate information about contraceptive methods including [but NOT limited to] abstinence, in order to be eligible for state funding.
The Commission's deadline for public comments on the proposed rule change is January 14. Comments can be submitted to the Commission via email to Chris.Hoke@ncmail.net. (Refer to the proposed changes to 10A NCAC 43A.0808, Criteria for Project Selection, new subparagraphs (a)(3)and(4).)
During the years I've spent working with health care professionals and counselors in Planned Parenthood, I've learned that teen pregnancy programs work best when they encourage abstinence AND provide accurate information about contraceptive methods. Parents tell me that they want their children to have access to this information. Just as important, they don't want their children's health put at greater risk by the ignorance spread by so-called "abstinence-only" programs in their communities.
I traveled to the General Assembly last year to speak out in favor for comprehensive, medically accurate sexuality and health education in our public schools. As Lieutenant Governor, I will use my influence in both the legislative and executive branches to support making comprehensive, medically-accurate health education available to our young people.
Now, I'm encouraging parents, teachers, doctors, nurses, and others who work with our young people, to tell the Commission for Public Health that you support comprehensive, medically accurate health education. Let's ensure that a minority of political ideologues don't keep us from doing the right thing for our youth.
Democrat for Lieutenant Governor