Category Archives: Sex Education

Illinois Veto Session Starts This Week

Please take action today on HB 3027, the newest version of the Comprehensive Health Education Act.
This bill was amended to include comprehensive sex education and is on concurrence in the House. The opposition is putting out alerts full of misinformation on this bill, so we need you to call in NOW to counter their false statements.

ACTION NEEDED: Please call your Representative and URGE THEM TO VOTE YES ON HB 3027. The Capitol switchboard is 217/782-2000. Ask the operator to be connected to your Representative.
Here are some of the opposition’s arguments and the correct information:
(You can also click here for a fact sheet:  http://il.aclu.org/site/DocServer/HB_3027_Sex_Ed.pdf?docID=3681 )

  • It mandates curriculum promoting abortion, stating that it is legal, safe, and parents don’t have to know about it. [FALSE: the bill does not have any language referencing abortion.]
  • It calls for “medically accurate” sex education, but the curriculum misinforms students by telling them that “morning after pills” don’t cause abortion.[FALSE: the bill does not specify any particular messages regarding EC. When it approved Emergency Contraception (EC), what they refer to as “morning after pills”, the FDA concluded that EC will not harm an established pregnancy.]
  • It will force abstinence programs out of the public schools by taking away local control and mandating the teaching of contraception and condoms. Public schools in Illinois already have the ability to teach comprehensive sex education if they wish. [SORT OF: Teaching about abstinence is required to be taught under HB 3027. Abstinence-ONLY programs that exclude medically accurate information about contraception cannot be taught under the requirement in HB 3027.]
  • It does not follow the Centers for Disease Control recommendations that a) abstinence be prioritized and b) school health education policies and programs be locally determined and consistent with community values. Many communities in Illinois have strong Judeo-Christian value systems and would have their teachings violated by the requirement that contraception be taught to children. [FALSE: Abstinence is such a priority under HB 3027 that the bill requires it to be taught. Local school districts can modify sex education curricula to meet local needs. Teaching about contraception is required, but any parent who feels this violates their family’s religious values can remove their child from the sex ed class.]

 

Legislative Update – Call Your Representatives!

SB 1619 Comprehensive Sex Education

The sponsor, Senator Heather Steans (D-7) got a deadline extension of May 4 for this legislation.  We are very close to garnering the 30 votes needed to pass it out of the Senate.  We cannot wait to generate calls, emails, and faxes tostate senators asking them to vote YES on SB 1619. Illinois youth need medically accurate and age appropriate information in order to make responsible decisions that will help them stay safe and healthy. The capitol switchboard is 217-782-2000.  A list of senators is available here: http://www.ilga.gov/senate/default.asp Click on the senator’s name to link to contact information.

The House deadline for passage of bills originating in the House was Friday, April 15.  Anti-choice legislation has stalled (with no deadline extensions) or has moved forward after having been positively amended.  We will carefully monitor legislative action for any attempts to revive anti-choice measures.

 

HB 786/HB 1919 – Ultrasound Mandate

The sponsor, Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-118), did not call HB 1919 for a hearing.  Instead, he moved HB 786 out of the Agriculture Committee.  He did not call it for a vote before the full House before the deadline.

 

HB 1144 – Broadening Definition of Homicide of an Unborn Child

The sponsor, Rep. Dan Brady (R-88), did not call this bill for a committee hearing.

 

HB 1569 – Abortion Restriction on Health Savings Accounts

Prior to passing out of committee the sponsor, Rep. Patti Bellock (R-47), amended the bill to remove the language restricting use of state employee health savings accounts to pay for abortion care.  This amendment resulted in our removing our opposition to the bill.  Bellock never called HB 1569 for a vote by the full House.

 

HB 2093 – Child Abuse Reporting

After HB 2093 passed out of the Agriculture Committee, the sponsor, Rep. David Reis (R-108) amended the bill with agreed language which allowed us to remove our opposition.  HB 2093 passed out of the House overwhelmingly and was sent to the Senate for consideration.  It is assigned for a hearing in the Human Services Committee.

 

HB 2321/HB3156 – ASTC Regulation Expansion

The sponsor, Rep. Darlene Senger (R-96), got both bills to the House floor.  After an amendment which would have broadened HB 2321 to apply to any facility that performed 50 or more of any type of surgery was approved for consideration, the sponsor decided not to call HB 2321.  Instead, she called HB 3156 for a vote.  It fell 3 votes short of passage.  Senger put the bill on “postponed consideration” which allows for a second chance at a vote. However, she did not request a second vote prior to the deadline.

 

HB 2988 – “Choose Life” License Plates

This bill, along with all other special license plate bills, was sent to the House State Government’s Special License Plate Subcomittee. It never had a hearing.