Bolstered by the #MeToo movement, sex ed in the US is shifting in red and blue states alike. In 2019, lawmakers (many of whom are women) have introduced 79 sex education bills across 32 states, many expanding the discussion around sexuality and de-emphasizing abstinence:
- Colorado and California now require sex education in public schools to be medically accurate.
- Virginia’s curriculum now includes instruction on human trafficking.
- Utah teachers can now discuss contraception in public schools.
While many bills in red states haven’t passed, for their proponents a broader discussion is its own measure of progress.
Kaiser Health News via NBC