Medically Accurate Comprehensive Sex Education in Public Schools

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On a national scale where 1 equals the highest rate of teen birth rates and 51 equals the lowest, Tennessee is ranked 10 (Office of Adolescent Health, 2011). The Tennessee rates for teens affected with Chlamydia and Gonorrhea exceeds the U.S. national rate (Center for Disease Control, 2013). Scare tactics and an abstinence-only education is implemented in the majority of Tennessee high schools, taking information out of context and presenting it in a way to students that is misleading and not medically accurate. This type of education directly correlates with the high rates of pregnancy and STDs among teens.

This petition is demanding that medically accurate, comprehensive sex education be mandates in Tennessee public schools, so that we can lower these rates that beat the national average and keep our young people safe. This petition is demanding that the Tennessee Department of Education put rules in place protecting the value of sex education.

This petition also demands the repeal of Governor Bill Haslam's "Gateway Sexual Behavior" bill HB 3621/SB 3310 in order to open the doors for more accurate comprehensive sex education.

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