Dozens of young people gathered at the Chatham County Old Courthouse as the Chatham County Youth Commission, Youth Futures Authority, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance at Armstrong Atlantic State University, the Georgia Parents for Responsible Health Education and Planned Parenthood held a press conference on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. during the 2009 National Week of Action focused on sex education the week of September 25 – October 2.
The National Week of Action is aimed at educating our communities and decision makers about the importance of comprehensive sex education in our school systems.
The groups were raising awareness about the Responsible Education About Life Act (the REAL Act), the federal bill that promotes the use of comprehensive sex education programs, will be a core message.
This bill will provide funding to states for medically accurate, age appropriate, comprehensive sexuality education in the schools that includes information about both abstinence and contraception. Consider the facts: 1. Georgia has the 8th highest teen birth rate in the nation. 2. Over 22,500 teen pregnancies occur each year in our state. That’s 62 new teen pregnancies each day -or over 2 teen pregnancies an hour. 3. According to the State Division of Public Health, the teen pregnancy rate in Georgia is over 67 pregnancies per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 19. 4. While the teen birth rate has declined by 30% in Georgia over the past decade, there was a 3 percent increase in Georgia’s teen birth rate in 2006…And the facts go on and on.