Network of Abstinence Educators of Spokane
(509) 232-2099 - NAESpokane@comcast.net
January 20, 2005
Members of the Senate Committee on Health and Long-Term Care and Sponsors of SB 5068 & SB 5306:
The Network of Abstinence Educators of Spokane (NAES) consists of various organizations and individuals that are committed to promoting sexual health through education that positively encourages abstinence until lawful marriage (RCW 70.24.210).
Members of NAES have reviewed the proposed "Guidelines for Sexual Health Information and Disease Prevention," as published by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). We have also reviewed Senate Bills 5068 and 5306. We have found these initiatives to be flawed for the following reasons:
RCW 70.24.210 - Information for children on sexually transmitted diseases -- Emphasis. All material directed to children in grades kindergarten through twelve and providing education regarding any sexually transmitted disease that is written, published, distributed, or used by any public entity, and all such information paid for, in whole or in part, with any public moneys shall give emphasis to the importance of sexual abstinence outside lawful marriage and avoidance of substance abuse in controlling disease.
In light of the above, we urge members of the Committee on Health and Long-Term Care to defeat these bills. We also encourage the OSPI/DOH Guidelines to be rewritten to more clearly define the terminology to accurately reflect the goals of the majority of Washington State families.
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