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Bishops Urge Catholics to Oppose "Healthy Youth" Act

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May 27, 2009

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The euphemistically titled bill, the "Healthy Youth" Act (HB88), is scheduled to be heard by the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Youth Services on Wednesday, May 27, at noon. We seek your assistance with this bill.

We remain opposed to the bill in its present form because it permits immorality to be taught to children in our public schools through the use of a comprehensive sex education curriculum. Although our preference did not prevail in the House in April, enough pressure was applied that they agreed to a number of amendments, among them one that requires parents to decide what curriculum their child will be exposed to and one that makes "no sex education" the default if parents do not choose a curriculum.

There is serious concern that some Senators will ask that comprehensive sex education become the default if parents do not choose a curriculum or worse, make it the requirement for all children.

Please contact your Senator today and express your desire to retain the abstinence until marriage curriculum that is presently being used in our school systems as the only fail safe and moral model for sex education. Please tell your Senator that each parent, not the state, should retain the right to determine what their children will be taught regarding sexuality.

You may send a message to your Senator by going to www.catholicvoicenc.org.

Sincerely yours,

The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Raleigh

The Most Reverend Peter J. Jugis
Bishop of Charlotte