Legal Momentum Hosts Panel Discussion on Sex Ed
By Christine Cupaiuolo — February 25, 2008
The Rayburn House Office Building on Tuesday will play host to sex, lies and stereotypes. And no one will get in trouble for it.
But there will be plenty of talk about the trouble with abstinence-only programs and the harm they cause to women and girls in particular. “Sex, Lies & Stereotypes” (PDF) is the name of a new report produced by Legal Momentum and the title of Tuesday’s panel discussion.
Based on recommendations arising from a September 2006 roundtable at Harvard Law School, the report argues for the need to limit federal funding for inaccurate and biased abstinence-only programs, both in both the United States and abroad. (Ann has excerpts here.)
Legal Momentum’s Julie Kay, author of the report, will discuss legislative priorities concerning sex-education programs. Also appearing are Jamila Taylor of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) and Jen Heitel Yakush of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). The honorary co-chair is Rep. Henry Waxman.
I’m glad there’s action being taken to discuss the harmful nature of abstinence-only education, and hopefully the discussion will generate ideas for how to improve the situation.
Sex education definitely needs a high amount of concentration. Considering the delicacy of the subject, it should also be dealt with utmost care. Anyway, great article. Both informative and language excellence! Thanks!