Quality sexual health education is vitally important to our young people, but Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez (R-Miami-Dade) has filed SB 410 — a bill to make sex education harder to access for students, an attack on young people and the health information they need
FRF partner, Planned Parenthood, is collecting personal stories highlighting the importance of sex ed in schools to be used in communications with legislators.
Share your story: How has comprehensive sex ed helped improve your life? Or, how has lack of access been a challenge?
Ideally, sexuality education should be a partnership between parents and schools. Communications with parents letting them know about upcoming sexuality education lessons not only keeps parents informed but gives them opportunities to follow up with questions or preview materials. In Florida, most districts already require a parent notification letter to be sent (called opt out). An opt out policy ensures that most students receive the sexuality education currently offered and are not prevented from attending due to letters never arriving home or mistakenly not being sent back in.
Sen. Rodriguez’s SB 410 would require that parents opt in instead. Students would have to obtain their parent’s written permission before they can partake in any sex ed curriculum. Progress Florida, in coalition with groups across the state, is working to defeat this bill.
Has comprehensive sex ed helped improve your life? Or, has access been a challenge?