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Capitol-BP.jpgOn November 2, 2011, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA) introduced the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (HR 3324), a new bill that lays out a comprehensive, age-appropriate, and holistic vision for sex education policy in the United States.

The bill currently has 31 cosponsors. It has been referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Overview of Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (HR 3324)

To provide for the reduction of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and the promotion of healthy relationships, and for other purposes

SEC. 2. PURPOSES; SENSE OF CONGRESS
(a) Purpose- The purposes of this Act are--


(1) to provide young people with comprehensive sex education that--


(A) provides the information and skills young people need to make informed, responsible, and healthy decisions in order to become sexually healthy adults and have healthy relationships;

(B) provides information about the prevention of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, sexual assault, dating violence, bullying, and harassment; and

(C) promotes and upholds the rights of young people to information in order to make healthy and responsible decisions about their sexual health; and

(2) in order to provide the comprehensive sex education described in paragraph (1), to provide increased resources for sex education programs that--

(A) are evidence-based, having been proven through rigorous evaluation to change sexual behavior or incorporate characteristics of effective programs;

(B) cover a broad range of topics, including medically accurate, complete, age and developmentally appropriate information about all the aspects of sex needed for a complete sex education program, including--

(i) anatomy and physiology;
(ii) growth and development;
(iii) healthy relationships;
(iv) the prevention of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, through abstinence and contraception;
(v) gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation; and
(vi) protection from dating violence, sexual assault, bullying, and harassment;

(C) are gender- and gender identity-sensitive, emphasizing the importance of equality and the social environment for achieving sexual and reproductive health and overall well-being;

(D) promote educational achievement, critical thinking, decisionmaking, self-esteem, and self-efficacy;

(E) help develop healthy attitudes and insights necessary for understanding relationships between oneself and others and society;

(F) foster leadership skills and community engagement by--

(i) promoting principles of fairness, human dignity, and respect; and
(ii) engaging young people as partners in their communities; and

(G) are culturally and linguistically appropriate, reflecting the diverse circumstances and realities of young people.


The entire bill can be read at the Library of Congress website

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