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Letter of Appeal

  1. 1. Samantha Brown (831)555-9872 California State University Monterey Bay 100 Campus Center Seaside, CA 93955 sbeardslee@csumb.edu 16 December 2013 Senator Tom Harkin Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions 428 Senate Dirksen Office Building Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Harkin: Please accept this letter and enclosed documents as a proposal for improving sexuality education policy for the youth of this country. Of all developed nations, the U.S. still maintains the highest rate of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Although the federal government does not usually intervene in the states' educational policies, there is one thing you can do to drastically improve the sexual health of the next generations. As you may be aware, the Adolescent Family Life Act (AFL) was developed in 1981 and instated with increased funding in 1996. Under this act, the federal government began distributing grants directly to organizations and programs that agree to teach abstinence-only sexuality education to adolescents. Now called the Pregnancy Assistance Fund under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, the situation remains exactly the same. As you may not be aware, abstinence-only education, while representing a decent ideal, has never proven to be effective. The enclosed research report explains why more comprehensive methods of education may be more effective in addressing teen pregnancy and STI transmission, and it includes a plea for developing a policy that would accomplish this goal. Please discuss within your committee a complementary policy that would provide incentive to states requiring inclusive, research validated sexuality education for youth in their schools. Sincerely, Samantha Brown Integrated Studies Special Major California State University Monterey Bay

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