Sex-Ed Action Alert

This is an action alert for Meridian readers concerned about what their children will learn in schools concerning sex education. You can make a difference.  Please respond.

On March 9, 2005 at 10:00 a.m., the Senate Finance Committee will consider the Personal Responsibility, Work, and Family Promotion Act of 2005, better known as Welfare Reform.  In this bill is the Title V A-H definition of abstinence education. 

There is a credible threat that Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) will attempt to amend the definition of abstinence education to include contraception and so-called “safe sex” promotion.   There is also a chance that an amendment will be offered on so-called “medical accuracy” or to authorize spending for a whole new sex ed program.  We will not have specific information about the amendment until late on Tuesday. 

The members of the committee must be contacted and asked to abstain from amending the definition of abstinence education, and to vote against any anti-abstinence amendments.

Senate Finance Committee Members:

Sen. Charles Grassley, IA, (202) 224-3744,

Sen. Orrin Hatch, UT, (202) 224-5251,         

Sen. Trent Lott, MS, ( 202) 224-6253,

Sen. Olympia Snowe, ME, (202) 224-5344,

Sen. Jon Kyl, AZ, ( 202) 224-4521,

Sen. Craig Thomas, WY, ( 202) 224-2752,

Sen. Rick Santorum, PA, ( 202) 224-6324,

Sen. Bill Frist, TN, (202) 224-3344,

Sen. Gordon Smith, OR, (202) 224-3753,

Sen. Jim Bunning, KY, ( 202) 224-4343,

Sen. Mike Crapo, ID, (202) 224-6142,

Sen. Max Baucus, MT, (202) 224-2651,

Sen. John Rockefeller IV, WV, ( 202) 224-6472,

Sen. Kent Conrad, ND, ( 202) 224-2043,

Sen. James Jeffords, VT, ( 202) 224-5141,

Jeff Bingaman, NM, ( 202) 224-5521,

John F. Kerry, MA, (202) 224-2742,

Blanche Lincoln, AR, (202) 224-4843,

Ron Wyden, OR, (202) 224-5244,

Charles Schumer, NY, (202) 224-6542,

Senate Majority Whip:

Sen. Mitch McConnell, KY, ( 202) 224-2541,

Please call AND write and email, with the following message:

Your Name
Phone Number

Vote NO on any anti-abstinence amendments to the Personal Responsibility, Work, and Family Promotion Act of 2005, including those that would change the current federal definition of an abstinence education program or that would authorize new spending for yet another “comprehensive” sex-ed program.