You contacted legislators across the state. You wrote op-eds. You joined a texting tree in Herriman, Daybreak, Price, Ogden, Bountiful, Park City, Salt Lake and beyond. You testified before the legislative committee and you packed into overflow rooms at the Capitol for hours last night in support of HB 215: Reproductive Health Services and Amendments to get opt-in sex education that is proven to delay the initiation of sex, reduce STIs, and reduce sexual assault. Even with support from Utahns around the state, even with comprehensive evidence and deeply personal anecdotal testimony, not much seemed to sway partisan minded legislators in the public hearing on HB 215. Although the bill was defeated in committee last night, THE FIGHT FOR COMPREHENSIVE SEX ED IS NOT OVER.
CALL TO ACTION
- Say thank you to the legislators who fought for and supported this bill. Text or email Rep. Carol Spackman Moss (firstname.lastname@example.org, 801-647-8764) and Rep. Marie Poulson (email@example.com) to thank them for voting yes on HB 215. Text or email Rep. Brian King (801-560-0769, firstname.lastname@example.org) for sponsoring this important legislation.
- Tell the rest of the committee how terrible their decision was in opposing HB 215 and that they will hear from constituents in their next election. One rep, Lavar Christensen, won this past November by only FIVE VOTES. He needs to know that this extremely partisan decision-making (the vote was split entirely on party lines) has no place in the state legislature particularly when it only increases the likelihood of non-partisan problems like increased sexual abuse rates.
House Education Committee
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