Tell Governor Herbert to VETO House Bill 363, “Health Education Amendments,” as this piece of legislation represents bad health policy for the state of Utah. Email the governor at http://governor.utah.gov/goca/form_comment.html or call 801-538-1000 and have your voice be heard!
HB 363 deprives parents of the choice to have health education other than abstinence only instruction provided in public schools. At a time when both national and Utah data indicate that teens are ill-informed about critical health information, and when a majority of parents support providing this information to teens, the state of Utah should not be standing in the way.
Evidence clearly shows that sexuality education that stresses the importance of waiting to have sex while providing accurate, age-appropriate, and complete information about how to use contraceptives effectively to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can help teens make healthy decisions.
Parents can and should teach their children about sexuality but most parents also believe that it is appropriate for school-based sex education programs to teach students how to use and where to get contraceptives. Utah law already requires parents to opt students in; HB 363 takes away that choice!
Abortion Waiting Period Bill Should Be Vetoed
Posted 3/14/12 - Today the ACLU of Utah delivered a letter to Governor Herbert asking that he veto HB 461, “Abortion Waiting Period.” This bill would substantially burden a woman’s constitutional right to access abortion services, and wrongly assumes that women do not carefully consider the difficult decision of whether to have an abortion. HB 461 would expand the current mandatory wait time before a woman can get an abortion from 24 to 72 hours, making it the most extreme mandatory delay in the nation.