Policy & Politics
New York: Smith Vows to Push Bills on Abortion, Sex Education
January 22, 2009
The new Democratic leader of the state Senate has pledged to make sex education classes a priority for New York public schools. "This is an opportunity that we can do what's right for our teenagers," Senate Majority Leader Malcolm A. Smith said recently before a cheering crowd of representatives of Planned Parenthood organizations from around the state.
The act's supporters say sex education is needed in a state where 180,000 STD infections and 40,000 teen pregnancies occur annually. While parents should ideally provide their children with the facts about sex, "our youth must have all the necessary information we have to stay healthy," said Smith.
Brooks noted that the public overwhelmingly supports sex education in schools.
Smith has also promised to expand protections for abortion procedures by backing a bill that would legally affirm the right to abortion in New York, specify that a woman's health can be a consideration for a late-term abortion, and remove abortion from criminal statutes.
01.13.2009; Tom Precious
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.