Friday, March 04, 2005

Action Alert

From the UCC Justice and Peace Network:

The Responsible Education About Life (REAL) Act, S 368/HR 768, was introduced
in Congress in February to address the unbalanced and misleading approach to
sexuality education currently being taken by the Bush Administration. Since
1996, tax dollars have been used to fund "abstinence-only-until-marriage"
sexuality programs. In his 2006 budget, the President has requested $206
million for narrowly-focused, often medically inaccurate programs.

Many of the current, federally-funded programs contain errors, distortions and
stereotypes. The programs are prohibited from discussing contraceptives unless
they are portrayed as ineffective. The programs may not talk about
reproductive choice or sexual orientation.

The REAL Act would allow states and local communities to choose what type of
sexuality education they want to provide. A Kaiser Family Foundation poll
shows that 93 percent of Americans support teaching comprehensive sexuality
education in high schools, and 83 percent of Americans support teaching
comprehensive sexuality education in middle/junior high schools.

Information is power. Education makes for better choices. There are resources
that provide responsible, comprehensive, age-appropriate, accurate and value-
based human sexuality education. The Our Whole Lives curriculum, published by
the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association, is
widely regarded as one of the best age-span resources available. Through such
resources, children and youth are provided with information grounded in the
values of self-worth, responsibility, sexual health, justice and inclusivity.
This information can help save lives.

Sex is everywhere - our children and youth see it on TV, on the Internet, in
magazines and in music. Parents and caregivers are asking for help in teaching
about our precious gift of human sexuality, and most do not want sexuality
education based on fear, shame and misinformation.

Contact your members of Congress and urge them to cosponsor the REAL Act, if they have not yet done so. To send a fax or e-mail message, click

To find out about Our Whole Lives training sessions, go to

[UPDATE]: This piece from the Chicago Tribune helps make sense of what's at stake here.


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