Comprehensive Sex Education Bill to be Heard at Hawaii Legislature

Comprehensive Sex Education Bill to be Heard
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WHAT: The Committee on Education will be hearing HB399, which would incorporate comprehensive sex education into Hawaii’s public school curriculum.

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 2:00 P.M.

WHERE: Hawaii State Capitol, Room 309

WHY:  According to a 2010 study, Hawaii ranks #17 in the nation in teen pregnancy rates. These pregnancies, which cost the state $22 million annually, can be reduced with a comprehensive sex education program.

WHO:  Committee on Education Chair Roy Takumi, Vice Chair Takashi Ohno, and members Reps. Henry Aquino, Isaac Choy, Faye Hanohano, Linda Ichiyama, Mark Nakashima, K. Mark Takai, Lauren Cheape, and Richard Fale will hear the bill.  “We are currently spending $22 million a year on unplanned teen pregnancies,” said the Bill’s introducer, Vice Speaker John Mizuno (Kalihi Valley, Kamehameha Heights, portion of Lower Kalihi). “While the amount of taxpayer dollars that goes towards dealing with these pregnancies is staggering, it is dwarfed by the societal cost of not being able to provide these children with stable family foundations. Comprehensive sex education will equip our young people with the knowledge and tools necessary to be conscious of their decisions when it comes to sex.”

 

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