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Position of the Reform Jewish Movement

In 1977, Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) passed a resolution on Women's Rights, which urged all of its Sisterhoods to include family-planning and sexuality education in their programming. In 1987, it followed this with a call for "school based clinics which offer comprehensive health services, including birth-control information and access to contraceptive services."

The Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) in 1987 passed a resolution in which it urged the inclusion of sexuality education in public schools at all age levels. The CCAR made this decision based upon finding that the availability of accurate information about reproduction, sexually-transmitted diseases, and contraception has been proven to have a positive impact on curbing adolescent pregnancy and the incidence of sexually-transmitted disease.

In June, a Sexuality Education resolution will be presented and debated at the meeting of the URJ Board of Trustees. The resolution calls for the Reform Movement to oppose appropriations for abstinence-only sexuality education programs and to support comprehensive sexuality education programs in public schools.


Resolutions

CCAR

Resolution on Sex Education in the Schools (1987)
Resolution on Sexual Education (2001)
Resolution on Sexuality Education (2003)

WRJ
Resolution on Women's Rights (1977)



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