Three Important Sex-related Bills in Congress! Support them now!

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There are so many major issues facing our nation these days that it's easy to lose track of them all. Since this is, after all, Sex in the Public Square, I want to remind everyone of three very important sex-related bills that are making their way through congress:

S. 972/H.R. 1653: These two bills go by the apprpriate name: Responsible Education About Life Act (REAL) and would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide funding to states for sex education programs that include information about contraception and disease prevention, and would require the federal government also to evaluate the effectiveness of sex education programs.

S. 1137/H.R. 2097: These bills are called the Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Responsibility and Opportunity Act and would, according to Robert Menendez, one of its sponsors, "establish a comprehensive program for reducing adolescent pregnancy through education and information programs, as well as positive activities and role models both in school and out of school."

S. 1173/H.R. 1964: These are the Freedom Of Choice Act bills and they would legislate a woman's right to an abortion rather than leaving it up to the courts.

Let your representatives in Congress know how important you think these bills are. Use the links to the bills themselves (where you will be offered a chance to type in your zip code and be given access to your legislators), or use the box to the left. And why not write a letter to the editor of your local paper while you're at it? The Speak Out!! box on the left will hook you up with media outlets, too!

NOTE: When you write or email your representatives in Congress you don't need to send a long letter. A short personal note saying that you support a particular bill and explaining, briefly, why it's important to you can make a very meaningful statement!