Teach about contraceptives and teach sex education to all in highschool.

Teach about contraceptives and teach sex education to all in highschool.

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Brookelin Ahders started this petition to Utah State Senate and

There are over 2.4 million cases of STDs in the United States and this is the highest it has ever been. As high school students, we reserve the right to learn about how to protect ourselves from STDs and what to do. We shouldn't be getting censored in school and get suspended for asking about condoms in health condoms. We also deserve LGBTQ+ sexual education in school or at least have free access to after school classes because parents don't always teach their children how to stay safe. We should be learning about birth control and know that it's not only for "killing babies". I personally take birth control because my periods cause me to have seizures and birth control prevents that so I can stay healthy. We should learn how to put condoms on so that we can reduce the number of STDs in the United States. Also for those parents who don't agree because of their religion, you can believe in whatever you want but in the first amendment, it states that the government cannot make laws that favor one religion over any other, because it cannot make laws related to the establishment of a religion or the free expression of religious beliefs. This is stating no matter your believes this is about the safety of your children. For example, if they were raped this would include where to go for help. Teaching sex education and about contraceptives in school protects children and even some adults how to protect themselves and practice safe sex. Yes, we should teach abstinence but, people have sex and will have sex and they should know how to be safe. They will most likely feel uncomfortable and won't want to have sex; curiosity is still a thing that exists in everyone and it's okay to be curious but let's make sure that they can be curious safely. Also with an increasing number of LGBTQ+ members, we should be able to educate them on how to be safe and protect themselves. This is very important because this will decrease the number of teen pregnancies in the United States, and every Wednesday at my school I have taught tons of teenage girls in the bathroom what a condom because they don't know what it is or even how it works. This is not okay, these girls can contract STDs or even get pregnant just because schools (especially Utah schools) refuse to teach it in school. So let's start teaching sex education in health, actual sex education. How to put a condom on, women and men, the different types of birth control, and any other information so people can be safe and we can decrease the number of people that have STDs in the United States.

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