MAHSD is backing the Healthy Youth Act. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts are supporting this bill to demand lawmakers give young people the foundation they need to lead secure, productive lives.
About the Healthy Youth Act
This bill, SD.579, mandates comprehensive sex education taught in public schools focus on consent and healthy relationships, be LGBTQ+ inclusive, and medically accurate. Sex education has been shown to decrease rates of STI’s, and reduce instances of teen pregnancy. This legislation would not require schools to teach sex ed, but rather mandate that sex ed curricula across the state be uniform and meet the same standards. Currently, there are serious and problematic deficiencies in sex ed. The usually focus entirely on heterosexual relationships, and are not required to be medically accurate. It's past time that Massachusetts address this issue.
More info about the Healthy Youth Act coming soon!