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2009-S611 on Mar 17, 2009

Bill Sponsorship: Responsible Education About Life Act
Source: S.611&HR1551
    To provide for the reduction of adolescent pregnancy, HIV rates, and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), Congress finds as follows:
  1. Leading public health organizations stress the need for sexuality education that includes messages about abstinence and contraception.
  2. A 2005 statement [to Congress] urged that 'Sexuality education should be non-judgmental & support parent-child communication & should not impose religious or ideological viewpoints upon students.'
  3. [A Congressionally-sponsored] 2006 position paper that 'Efforts to promote abstinence should include information about concepts of healthy sexuality, sexual orientation & tolerance, personal responsibility, risks of HIV, access to reproductive health care, and benefits & risks of condoms & other contraceptive methods.'
  4. 8 in 10 Americans believe that sex education should promote abstinence and provide information about the effectiveness & benefits of contraception.
  5. There is strong evidence that more comprehensive sex education can effectively help young people delay sexual initiation, even as it increases contraceptive use among sexually active youth.
  6. There is no evidence that federally funded abstinence-only-until-marriage programs are effective in stopping or delaying teen sex.
  7. Most young people have sex for the first time at about age 17, but do not marry until their late 20s. Hence young adults are at risk of unwanted pregnancy & STDs for nearly a decade.

    [Congress requires that] Sex Education Programs should:
  • provide information about the health benefits and side effects of all contraceptive and barrier methods used as a means to prevent pregnancy; and to reduce the risk of contracting STDs, including HIV/AIDS;
  • encourage family communication between parent and child about sexuality;
  • teach young people how alcohol and drug use can affect responsible decisionmaking; and
  • do not teach or promote religion.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 1. Question 1: Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Families & Children
  • Headline: Teach teens about both abstinence & contraception (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill to teach teens about contraception (Score: 1)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 2009-S611

Neil Abercrombie s1sHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
Gary Ackerman s1sNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Tammy Baldwin s1sWI Democratic Challenger 
Howard Berman s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Earl Blumenauer s1sOregon Democrat 
Barbara Boxer s1sCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Robert Brady s1sPennsylvania Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s1sOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Roland Burris s1sIL Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Maria Cantwell s1sWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Lois Capps s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Russ Carnahan s1sMissouri Democrat 
Kathy Castor s1sFlorida Democrat 
Yvette Clarke s1sNew York Democrat 
Steve Cohen s1sTennessee Democrat 
Joseph Crowley s1sNew York Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1sMaryland Democrat 
Danny Davis s1sIllinois Democrat 
Susan Davis s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Diana DeGette s1sColorado Democrat 
Bill Delahunt s1sMassachusetts Democrat (until 2010) 
Rosa DeLauro s1sConnecticut Democrat 
Mike Doyle s1sPennsylvania Democrat 
Richard Durbin s1sIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Sam Farr s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s1sPennsylvania Democrat 
Dianne Feinstein s1sCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bob Filner s1sCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Gabby Giffords s1sArizona Democrat (Resigned 2012) 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1sNew York Democrat 
Charles Gonzalez s1sTexas Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Al Green s1sTexas Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s1sArizona Democrat 
Luis Gutierrez s1sIllinois Democrat 
Tom Harkin s1sIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Alcee Hastings s1sFlorida Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s1sNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Mazie Hirono s1sHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Mike Honda s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Jesse Louis Jackson s1sIllinois Democrat (Resigned 2013) 
Patrick Kennedy s1sRhode Island Democrat (until 2010) 
Ted Kennedy s1sMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s1sMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Carolyn Kilpatrick s1sMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Dennis Kucinich s1sOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
James Langevin s1sRhode Island Democrat 
Rick Larsen s1sWashington Democrat 
Frank Lautenberg s2pNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Barbara Lee s2pCalifornia Democrat 
John Lewis s1sGeorgia Democrat 
Nita Lowey s1sNew York Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Betty McCollum s1sMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott s1sWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
Gregory Meeks s1sNew York Dem./Working-Families 
Robert Menendez s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
George Miller s1sCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Patty Murray s1sWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Jerrold Nadler s1sNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Grace Napolitano s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1sDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
John Olver s1sMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Ed Pastor s1sArizona Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Donald Payne s1sNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
David Eugene Price s1sNorth Carolina Democrat 
Mike Quigley s1sIllinois Democrat 
Steven Rothman s1sNew Jersey Democrat 
Bobby Rush s1sIllinois Democrat 
Linda Sanchez s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s1sIllinois Democrat 
Charles Schumer s1sNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Jose Serrano s1sNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Brad Sherman s1sCalifornia Democrat 
Louise Slaughter s1sNew York Democrat 
David Adam Smith s1sWashington Democrat 
Pete Stark s1sCalifornia Democrat 
John Tierney s1sMassachusetts Democrat 
Dina Titus s1sNevada Democrat 
Paul Tonko s1sNew York Democrat 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1sFlorida Democrat 
Diane Watson s1sCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Henry Waxman s1sCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Peter Welch s1sVermont Democrat 
Lynn Woolsey s1sCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
David Wu s1sOregon Democrat (Resigned 2011) 



Republicans participating in 2009-S611



Independents participating in 2009-S611

Joe Sestak s1sPA 2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently US Rep. 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 86
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1


















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