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WOM-002: Support of Legislation for Medically Accurate, Age-Appropriate Sexual Health Education in Wisconsin Public Schools

 
Support of Legislation for Medically Accurate, Age-Appropriate Sexual Health Education in Wisconsin Public Schools: The Wisconsin Medical Society supports legislation requiring Wisconsin schools to provide students with comprehensive information about developing healthy relationships, preventing unintended pregnancy and preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs); and that incomplete education programs, such as those offering uniquely abstinence-only education, are not supported by this society. The Wisconsin Medical Society supports legislation requiring schools to provide medically accurate and age-appropriate curricula, with the following components:

  • Recognizing and preventing sexual abuse and dating violence.
  • Understanding the physical and emotional changes of puberty and adolescence.
  • Developing healthy relationships, including those with family, friends and significant others.
  • Recognizing how drugs and alcohol impair judgment, especially in the context of intimate relationships.
  • Underlining that abstinence is the only certain way to prevent unintended pregnancy.
  • Understanding prevention of pregnancy and STIs through correct use of birth control and barriers.
  • Encouraging communication with parents and other trusted adults about these issues. (HOD, 0412)