For Immediate Release
Linda Paris, (202) 675-2312; firstname.lastname@example.org
“Responsible Education About Life Act” Provides Needed Funding For Comprehensive Sex Ed
WASHINGTON - Representative
Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) today introduced
the Responsible Education About Life (REAL) Act, a bill that designates
federal funds for age-appropriate and medically accurate information to
help young people make informed decisions about their relationships and
sexual behavior. Research has shown that comprehensive sex education
programs help reduce risk behaviors by delaying the onset of sexual
intercourse, reducing the number of sexual partners and increasing
condom or contraceptive use among teens.
REAL Act is a necessary antidote to counterproductive
abstinence-only-until-marriage programs that spread misinformation,
marginalize gay and lesbian youth and reinforce gender stereotypes.
Young people need real help – not worn out ideological or political
agendas – to make decisions that will prevent unintended pregnancies
and reduce sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS.
to the leadership of Representative Lee and Senator Lautenberg, this
legislation will help fund effective comprehensive sex education in
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