The Responsible Education about Life Act is legislation that supports comprehensive sex and sexuality education in K-12 classrooms. If passed it would provide $50 million in state grants for comprehensive
Over the past 8 years, federal and state governments have spent over $1.5 billion on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs despite evidence that they don’t work. By law, abstinence-only-until-marriage programs are prohibited from providing information about contraception and condoms for the prevention of unintended pregnancy and STIs, including HIV/AIDS. The REAL Act’s implementation would provide young people with medically accurate and age-appropriate information to make informed decisions, build healthy relationships, have the information to protect themselves against unplanned pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and generally improve preventative healthcare. No federal funding stream exists for comprehensive sexuality education. The passage of the REAL Act, Congress would set up a $50 million dollar stream (no more than what abstinence-only federal funding cost) for comprehensive sex education and provide federal grants to states for the purpose of building a comp sex education infrastructure.