2015 SYMPOSIUM - SW, LPC AND CHES CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS AVAILABLE - REGISTER TODAY!
Continuing Education Units are now available for the 2015 Texas Campaign Symposium: It's Time for Texas, Moving Teen Pregnancy Prevention Strategy Forward. CEU certificates will be issued through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, and Texas A&M University and mailed to participants after the event. This is a great opportunity for attendees to maintain a license or certification, demonstrate continued professional development or simply to increase your knowledge about this important issue.
The 84th session of the Texas Legislature is in full swing. The following bills related to reproductive rights and healthcare have made it to committee.
Bills supported by The Texas Campaign:
House Bill 78 would require instruction in sex education classes to be evidence-based and medically accurate and include age-appropriate information on pregnancy and disease prevention methods approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
House Bill 90 would lower the age requirement to be eligible for the Texas Women's Health Program from 18 to 15.
House Bill 467 removes language indicating that sexual activity before marriage causes psychological and physical harm from statute related to HIV/AIDS prevention programs in the state's Health and Safety Code.
House Bill 468 would allow some minors to be able to consent to medical treatment related to contraception, other than abortion or emergency contraception.
Senate Bill 88 would require the public school health education curriculum to include information on methods of contraception and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections in addition to promoting abstinence.
Senate Bill 297 would require the public school health education curriculum to be evidence-based.
Senate Bill 300 would require public school districts to inform parents if the district is teaching abstinence-only or is including information on contraception in its sex education curriculum.
Senate Bill 468 would allow some minors to be able to consent to medical treatment related to contraception, other than abortion or emergency contraception.
Bills not supported by The Texas Campaign:
House Bill 205 and Senate Bill 477 would bar an entity or individual that performs abortions or an affiliate of an entity or individual that performs abortions from providing sex education information to public schools.
TEXAS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
The Texas Campaign recently launched a completely new website
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The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is recruiting motivated and enthusiastic teens for their 2015-2016 Youth Leadership Team. Selected students will be flown to Washington, DC three times over their 18-month term, where they will be trained to speak to the media about teen pregnancy prevention, create content for the website StayTeen.org, and even meet with their State Representatives in Congress!
annual National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy will take place on May 6, 2015. On the National Day and throughout the month of May, teens nationwide will be asked to visit StayTeen.org to participate in the popular National Day Quiz, which challenges teens to think carefully about what they might do "in the moment." The message of the National updates about the National Day including information on materials, ideas for how you can get involved, and ways you can encourage the teens in your life to participate!