Sexual Health Education

Sexual Health Education

California Planned Parenthood Education Fund supports public policy and legislation which ensures individuals have the right to medically accurate; current and objective; age appropriate; unbiased comprehensive sexual health  education.

We support increasing education for teens about puberty, abstinence, contraception, preventing sexually transmitted diseases and infections, spreading awareness and preventing HIV/AIDS, healthy relationships, and preventing violence in relationships.

We support providing parents with the tools to effectively communicate with their children about sensitive sexual education topics.

Important Legislation on Sexual Health Education in California

California Planned Parenthood Education Fund believes individuals have the right to medically accurate; current and objective; age appropriate; un-biased comprehensive sexuality education.

AB 629 (Brownley) – Comprehensive Sex Education: This legislation requires that any program providing information to prevent adolescent or unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases must be medically accurate; current and objective; age appropriate; culturally and linguistically relevant; provide information about the effectiveness and safety of contraception or STD prevention; include information on abstinence; not reflect or promote bias against any person on the basis of against any person on the basis of disability, gender, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation; and not teach or promote religious doctrine.

SB 71 (Kuehl) – California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Act: The law requires that sexual health education and HIV/AIDS prevention education taught in public schools be medically accurate, bias-free and age appropriate. For students in grades 7-12 (approximately age 12 and above), sexual health education must also cover abstinence and Federal Drug Administration (FDA)-approved methods for preventing pregnancy and STDS, among other topics. This type of comprehensive sex education has been proven to be effective.

AB 246 (Cunneen) – Medically Accurate, Unbiased Sex Education: Assembly Bill 246, by Assemblymember Jim Cunneen (R-San Jose), amended the Education Code requiring that all sex education course materials and instruction be medically accurate and free of race, gender, and ethnic bias.

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