Sample Letter to Congressional Representative – Sexuality Education

Letter 1: U.S. Senate Voting on Comprehensive Sexuality Education

The Honorable Mr./Ms _____________
Legislative Office Address
Washington, DC

Date

Dear Senator  _____________:

I have recently been informed that Congress is considering funding for medically accurate, age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education in public schools. As a faith leader and a constituent, I want you to know that sexuality education is a moral issue.

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, 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: Congress Voting on Abstinence-Only Education

The Honorable Mr./Ms _____________
Legislative Office Address
Washington, DC

Date

Dear Representative _____________:

As a faith leader and a constituent, I want you to know that sexuality education is a moral issue. I have recently been informed that Congress is considering additional funding for ineffective, abstinence-only-until-marriage programs that censor vital information about contraception and disease prevention.

Abstinence-only education programs fail our young people.  Numerous studies have shown that they are ineffective in helping teens delay engaging in sexuality behaviors. Even more troubling, these programs deny young people life-saving information. 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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