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October 24, 2009

Let’s drink a little and talk about sex

Laura has been doing a great job of getting interesting speakers for Drinking Liberally, and last nights’ speaker was a good example. Laura invited Missy Bird, the executive director of the Planned Parenthood Action Council. Missy talked about the proposed sex education bill and the discussion it’s already gotten despite not being an actual bill yet. The Salt Lake Tribune has a good article that talks about some of what’s already been going on, like Senator Chris Buttars flying out an “expert” to try and discredit groups like Planned Parenthood and comprehensive sex education.

Missy also had some interesting statistics that illustrated the need for comprehensive sex education, like:

Of course there’s going to be a lot of FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) spread about the bill, so here’s the gist what Representative Lynn Hemingway (D-Holladay) is proposing (from PPAC’s website):

It seems to be pretty clear from the stats that what we’re doing now isn’t working. Many of these kids try to live up to their religious obligation to not have sex prior to marriage, but then look for ‘loopholes’ like oral or anal sex (There’s even a saying: if it’s anal or oral, it’s moral). This reduces the risk of pregnancy, but not necessarily STD’s. Floating (penetration but then no movement) is a new ‘loophole’ that doesn’t really reduce either risk. Don’t ask me what you do to pass the time while you’re floating – the whole concept seems pretty asinine to me.

Our DL crowd has a fair amount of educators and people in the medical service field, and they know exactly how bad the problem is. People like me who have very little interaction with kids are always surprised to hear the stories and statistics. It’s an awareness issue, so if you have some insight into the reality of our current failing system, write a letter to the editor. If you’re a parent, urge your congress people to support the bill. And if you’re neither of these or either of these, support health care groups like Planned Parenthood.

by @ 12:13 pm. Filed under Local Issues, Soapbox

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