The Colorado sex-ed bill that we’ve been telling you about has been delayed but is about to be considered by another committee. On Tuesday, it is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee – the last hurdle before going to the full Senate.
Please also consider calling the members of the committee, especially these senators:
Sen. Mike Foote – (303) 866-5291
Sen. Julie Gonzales – (303) 866-4862
Sen. Pete Lee – (303) 866-6364
Sen. Dominick Moreno – (303) 866-4857
Sen. Robert Rodriguez – (303) 866-4852
Sen. Rachel Zenzinger – (303) 866-4840
Just ask them to vote against HB 1032, the sex ed bill.
As a reminder, here are some of the continued problems with the bill:
- It promotes abortion to Colorado school kids.
That’s right. There is so much that’s so bad about HB 1032 that little attention has been given to the fact that it requires that sex-ed programs teach children about abortion-inducing drugs. And, if the school opts to teach pregnancy outcomes, the school must cover abortion and present it equally with any other pregnancy outcome.
- It still requires schools to teach children about “gender identity,” including the medical means of gender transition such as drugs that stop the natural onset of puberty, cross-sex hormones, and even sex-change operations.
Parents from Boulder testified about similar programs in their child’s school – and how it “felt like the teacher was a preacher trying to convert” their 6-year-old to transgender. Expect more of the same statewide if HB 1032 becomes law.
- There is NO requirement that parents be notified if the topic of “gender identity” is covered outside of sex education.
While HB 1032 does require that parents be notified when children will be taught sexual education, there is no requirement that parents be notified when programming on gender, gender expression, or sexual orientation occurs outside of a specific “sex education” class.
- Children as young as nine will be taught how to “consent” to sex acts.
This bill sets up scenarios where children as young as nine are taught how to “consent” to sexual acts. Can children that young really give meaningful consent?
- It overrides local control of school districts, mandating this radical version of sexual education on every public school, including charter schools.
Proponents claim that the bill does not override local control for school districts because it allows schools to choose between teaching 1032’s radical new proposal or declining to teach even a simple biology-focused sex education program. That’s hardly a real choice.
Thank you for taking action!
The Family Policy Alliance Team