The H.R. 3312 Real Education and Access for Healthy Youth Act have been reintroduced and is currently stalled in the house due to a lack of bipartisan support.
H.R. 3312 would provide new federal grants for comprehensive sex education and contraceptive services for young people, focusing on access for racial minorities and LGBTQ+ young people. This bill would set program standards for receiving sex ed funding, such as ensuring that all educational materials are medically accurate and based on sound science. Grants could not be used for abstinence-only sex education, or for services that promote gender stereotypes, or that are insensitive to the needs of LGBTQ+ people, sexually active youth, pregnant or parenting youth, and survivors of sexual abuse or assault.
The many benefits of accurate, comprehensive, and inclusive sexual education are well-proven. But much of America lacks access to this basic information. If sex education is given at all, it is commonly a harmful abstinence-only model that makes our teens fearful of getting the support that they need.
This vital bill could help turn the tide—write to your representatives today to tell them to cosponsor the Real Education and Access for Healthy Youth Act!