Published on May 15th, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Sex Education Reform Passes Senate Education Subcommittee
COLUMBIA, S.C., May 15, 2014 – The South Carolina Senate Education K-12 Subcommittee passed a measure that would update the state’s 26-year old Comprehensive Health Education Act. The reforms would require that information provided in health classes be medically accurate, and will increase compliance with current South Carolina law (CHEA) by strengthening annual reporting requirements.
“We are extremely pleased with the bills progress, applaud the subcommittee members for their votes,” said Emma Davidson, Associate Director for Strategic Mobilization for Tell Them, an e-advocacy network that has been actively supporting the bill. “Lawmakers have recognized that there is a problem with the current law, and have responded to constituents calls for reform. It’s clear that there is a real desire for change.”
Last month, H. 3435 passed out of the House of Representatives with a bi-partisan vote. The bill has received widespread support from organizations throughout the state, including the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the NAACP of Greenville, the National Coalition of STD Directors, the Urban League of the Upstate, the State Alliance for Adolescent Sexual Health (SAASH), and the South Carolina Chapter of the AmericanAcademy of Pediatrics.
“As a businessman, I see how having a full education, including health education, can impact our state’s businesses and economic development,” said Robert Key, Senior Vice President at CCM Investment Advisors, who testified in support of the bill. “Having an educated and healthy workforce benefits our state’s economy. When an industry considers locating in a state, it looks not only at the education of the workforce but also the state’s health status. Healthier workers are more productive and it costs businesses less to provide health benefits.”
About Tell Them
Tell Them is a non-profit, non-partisan coalition committed to creating a stronger, healthier South Carolina by preventing unintended pregnancies, HIV and sexually transmitted infections. We are a program of the New Morning Foundation, the state’s leading voice on reproductive health policies. Our 10,000 members advocate on behalf of mainstream positions that emphasize prevention, medical accuracy and science. For information, please visit tellthemsc.org.