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Sunday, May 19

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I can count the number of people I know who waited to have sex until they were married on one finger. And now that this person is married, sex is a given. Which means that all folks, even the children of the future, need to have age-appropriate and accurate health information. If you want think its important for Chicago Public Schools students to have this info, then you might be interested in telling the CPS Board of Education to vote for the Family Life and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Policy. Click now since they're voting on Wednesday.

Here's some facts from the Illinois Coalition of Adolescent Health:
* The Youth High Risk Behavior Survey reports that nearly half of all CPS students are sexually active
* National data reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that by age 24, 89% of males and 92% of females have had sexual intercourse
* The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports that nearly 6,000 infants were born to teen parents in Chicago in 2003
* Youth age 15-24 comprised 71% of Chlamydia and 61% of Gonorrhea cases reported in Illinois in 2002 (IDPH)
* Statewide research conducted by the Illinois Campaign for Responsible Sex Education found that 66% of classrooms in Illinois are not providing students with a comprehensive approach to sex education, and that 92% of sex education teachers believe that students, whether or not they are sexually active, should receive accurate information on birth control and safe sex in school

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