Sample Letters to State Policy Makers – Sex Education

Letter 1: State Federal Funding for Comprehensive Sexuality Education

The Honorable Ms. Tompkins Legislative Office
Address
Anytown, ST 12345

Date

Dear (Governor/Representative) Tompkins: 

The State of (your state) is considering seeking federal funding for sexuality education programs in public schools. As a (faith leader/person of faith) and a constituent, I want you to know that sexuality education is a moral issue.  I urge you to apply for comprehensive sexuality education funding, provided by the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), for schools across the state.

Young people need medically accurate information about sexuality. Without it, they turn to less reliable sources of information, such as the media and friends, which puts them at unnecessary risk for disease and unintended pregnancy. Comprehensive sexuality education not only teaches young people about anatomy and  pregnancy and disease prevention, but it also prepares them for healthy relationships, dating, marriage, and parenting.

Comprehensive sexuality education provides young people with the skills and knowledge they need to be responsible and discerning in their decision-making. Research shows that teaching both abstinence and contraception is the most effective sexuality education for young people.

Youth who receive comprehensive sexuality education are more likely to delay mature sexual behaviors and use protection correctly and consistently if they do become sexually active.  Please ensure that effective comprehensive sexuality education receives sufficient funding.

I look forward to hearing from you on this important matter.

Sincerely,
Name (Rev, Rabbi, etc.)
Address


Letter 2: State Voting on Comprehensive Sexuality Education

The Honorable Ms. Tompkins Legislative Office
Address
Anytown, ST 12345

Date

Dear Representative Tompkins: 

The State of (your state) is considering funding comprehensive sexuality programs in public schools. As a faith leader and a constituent, I want you to know that sexuality education is a moral issue.  I urge you to ensure that comprehensive sexuality education is available in all schools in your district and across the state.

Young people need medically accurate information about sexuality. Without it, they turn to less reliable sources of information, such as the media and friends, which puts them at unnecessary risk for disease and unintended pregnancy. Comprehensive sexuality education not only teaches young people about anatomy and  pregnancy and disease prevention, but it also prepares them for healthy relationships, dating, marriage, and parenting.

Comprehensive sexuality education provides young people with the skills and knowledge they need to be responsible and discerning in their decision-making. Research shows that teaching both abstinence and contraception is the most effective sexuality education for young people.

Youth who receive comprehensive sexuality education are more likely to delay mature sexual behaviors and use protection correctly and consistently if they do become sexually active.  Please ensure that effective comprehensive sexuality education receives sufficient funding.

I look forward to hearing from you on this important matter.

Sincerely,
Name (Rev, Rabbi, etc.)
Address


Letter 3: State Voting on Abstinence-Only Education

The Honorable Ms. Tompkins
Legislative Office
Address Anytown, ST 12345

Date

Dear Representative Tompkins: 

The State of (your state) is considering funding abstinence-only programs in public schools. As a faith leader and a constituent, I want you to know that sexuality education is a moral issue.  I urge you to ensure that comprehensive sexuality education is available in all schools in your district and across the state.

Abstinence-only education programs fail our young people.  Numerous studies have shown that they are ineffective in helping teens delay engaging in sexuality behaviors. Furthermore, these programs exclude many youth, including those who identify as LGBTQ and those who have engaged in sexual intercourse. All young people deserve education that respects and empowers them.

Comprehensive sexuality education provides young people with the skills and knowledge they need to be responsible and discerning in their decision-making. Research shows that teaching both abstinence and contraception is the most effective sexuality education for young people.  Youth who receive comprehensive sexuality education are more likely to delay mature sexual behaviors and use protection correctly and consistently if they do become sexually active.

Please ensure that no new money is spent on abstinence-only programs and instead much-needed funds are put towards more effective sexuality education.

I look forward to hearing from you on this important matter.

Sincerely,
Name (Rev, Rabbi, etc.)
Address

 

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