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 make your voice heard to this committee. You can send a note to the full committee in just moments at our Action Center.
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
We hope the outcry in Colorado continues to encourage parents in other states around the country to stay informed about what’s being taught in their children’s classrooms—and to do everything they can to protect their children from harmful ideology.
Stephanie Curry, Family Policy Alliance Policy Manager, wrote a guest column for The Daily Signal recently – Read her entire article: Colorado Sex Ed Bill Would Force Kids to Learn LGBT Ideology, Ban Talk of Abstinence
Once you have read Stephanie’s article, take action and let your Colorado State Senator know that you oppose the Sex Ed Bill. It is easy to make your voice heard in our Action Center!
The Colorado House passed the horrific sex-ed bill sending it on to the Senate. That was expected. But the debate on the floor of the House was stunning with legislators claiming that Colorado schools were not adequately pro-LGBT and that God was not present in the House chamber. The bill is appalling, and the decorum has been worse.
Because of the nature of this debate and what is at stake, our partners at Colorado Family Action are hosting a prayer meeting around the Capital building on February 27th from noon to 1pm. Participants are encouraged to also make time to visit the Capitol after the walk to meet with their legislators.
Here is what you need to know:
Colorado Capitol Prayer Meeting
February 27, 2018
Noon – 1:00 PM
On the public sidewalk surrounding the capitol building
200 E. Colfax Ave.
After the Prayer Meeting Visit Your Legislator
- To find your Colorado State Senator, go to the Family Policy Alliance Action Center and input your zipcode and/or address to find your legislator’s Capitol office location
- Pre-write a card thank your senator for their work and asking them to vote no on HB1032
- Clearly present your position on the bill if you get to speak directly with your senator: (i.e.: I am here today to ask for your “NO” vote on HB1032)
- Use the HB1032 talking points as evidence to support your position (see below)
- Thank the legislator for their time
Click HERE to view a Google parking map.
Entering the Capitol:
North entrance (Colfax Avenue and Sherman Street), first floor public and group entrance.
South entrance (14th Avenue and Sherman Street), basement (ground) level visitors with special needs should use this entrance.
- Upon entering the building each person passes through a security check. Please do not bring firearms, knives or other weaponry.
- Signs, banners, clapping and cheering are not permitted inside the galleries or committee hearing rooms.
- It tells local school districts that on sex education, it’s “our way or the highway.” That’s not a choice for local schools—it’s a threat. And it violates the state constitution’s protection of local school boards having the sole authority to determine curriculum what we as parents elect them to do.
- It makes clear that families whose faith influences their views on sexuality, and those who view a person’s sex as a biological fact, are NOT welcome in Colorado schools. In fact, it censors religious beliefs or traditional views on sex and sexuality.
- It not only discourages parents from being involved—it’s a hostile takeover of parental rights. The bill provides no clear way for parents to opt their children out of the state’s preferred sexuality curriculum. Parents have the absolute right to teach their children about healthy relationships and sexual values.
- It displays a strange obsession with whom our children are sexually attracted to, how often they’re having sex, and what kind of sex they’re having. Yet factually, most of our students are not having sex with anyone. The number of youth having sex has dropped significantly since the ‘80’s and even more in the past 10 years, with the majority of teens choosing abstinence.
- This bill forces children as young as nine-years-old to learn graphic details about LGBT “sexual experiences.”
We hope to see you there!
The Family Policy Alliance Team