I did something.
I wrote to that senetor.
Here is my message:
My name is Caylin <insert last name here>. I am currently completing my Junior year at the <some college in Washington>.
I was reading an article on Komo 4 in regards to the issue of Sex Education in schools. I will say now that I support this. I was simply curious as to a statement you made, as quoted in the article.
You said that, "You cannot teach children to be sexually responsible and expect them to not be sexually active." I disagree. I have only recently left the high-school aged scene. Do you consider 16-19 year olds children? You see, regardless of whether or not you teach my peers the ways in which to protect themselves, they will put themselves at risk.
I volunteer with a sexual education website. From my experiences over the past 4 years with this website, with-holding information does not prevent anyone from participating in any activity. It simply puts them at a great risk if they do now know how to protect themselves.
I urge you to do some research into the numbers and occurances of sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancies. As reported by Komo 4, teen pregnancies are on the decline. In addition, I strongly urge you to look at www.scarleteen.com, as a comprehensive guide to sexual education. It is full of knowledge. Please, while you are there, take time to browse the forums and see what kind of questions are being asked by today's youth. They want answers, and by voting against this bill, you are preventing them from getting the answers they want and need.
They ask about birth control. They want to know their options, and their rights to their own sexual health. These often come too late, when proper sexual education in the first place could have prevented many pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease scares.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
Caylin <insert last name here>
So, we'll see what happens. I'll let you know.
[This message has been edited by DarkChild717 (edited 02-16-2005).]