Six Step Guide to Calling Congress

Share Your Support for Sex Ed: Tips for Calling Congress

1. Call 202-224-3121 to be connected to your Senators and Representative. (Find your Senators and Representative using your ZIP code.)

2. Identify yourself: Share your name, city, and state. Make sure to say you're a constituent!

3. Share your message:

  • #ProtectOurCare The bills introduced in the Senate and the House to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would result in millions of people losing their health insurance and having to pay more for less coverage. Access to health care coverage and care is essential to ensuring lifelong sexual and reproductive health and overall wellbeing. I urge Senator/Rep. [Name] to #ProtectOurCare and oppose the bill!
  • General support for Sex Ed: Young people need and have the right to sex education that supports their lifelong health and wellbeing. I urge Senator/Rep. [Name] to support funding and policies that advance sex education.
  • Support adolescent health funding: I believe that young people need evidence-informed and medically accurate and complete sexual health information. I urge Senator/Rep. [Name] to protect funding for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program and support funding for the CDC's HIV prevention efforts in schools.
  • End abstinence-only funding: More than $2 billion has already been wasted on abstinence-only programs—now called "sexual risk avoidance education"—that decades of research has found to be ineffective at its sole goal: delaying young people from having sex. These programs also frequently shame, stigmatize, or otherwise ostracize many young people. I urge Senator/Rep. [Name] to support ending abstinence-only program funding once and for all.
  • Reject the President's Budget: The President's proposed budget for FY 2018 is an affront to the health needs and rights of our nation, and particularly young people and the most marginalized communities. I urge Senator/Rep. [Name] to reject the President's funding requests; support investment in programs that advance the sexual and reproductive health and lifelong wellbeing of our nation's youth; and maintain parity between non-defense and defense funding in FY 2018.

4. Thank the staffer for their time (and the Senators'/Rep.'s support if indicated).

5. Repeat steps #1 through #4 with the remaining members of your congressional delegation.

6. Tell us how your calls went through this brief Congressional Calls Feedback Form.

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