An ACT to educate adolescents about abortion services.

  • Posted on: 27 March 2019
  • By: Julia Rosen
Bill Number: 
LEEII5
Legislature: 
Primary Chamber: 
Title: 
An ACT relating to providing abortion education in schools.
Enactment Clause: 
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of the State of New Jersey that a government-mandated educative program is initiated through which females aiming to terminate a pregnancy may do so in an educated manner.
Sections: 
Section I: Defines: “Pregnancy termination” as ending a pregnancy at any state, regardless of method. Methods may include medical or surgical abortions. “Medical abortion” as an abortion through prescribed medication used to end a pregnancy. “Surgical abortion” as abortion procedures that vary based on stage in pregnancy. “Objectively” as without the influence of bias, religion, or otherwise. “Propaganda” as misleading information used to popularize a point of view or sway the public.
Section II: A) Promote or require abortion education. Education on abortions is currently legal and encouraged in New Jersey schools, yet schools can opt to cut abortion education from their health curriculum. B) Update health curriculum. Health curriculum evades in-depths on sex, and, currently, abstinence is being taught as the main method of preventing pregnancy. Thus, while New Jersey recognizes the need, sex and abortion education is insufficient in the majority of the state’s schools.
Section III: Abortion education may be implemented as a mandatory part of high school curriculum, retaught every other year from freshman year. Parents, as with any course, may pull their child out of said course, yet doing so would disrupt their physical education. The course is to be taught objectively.
Effective Date: 
This bill shall take effect by the 2019-2020 school year.
Statement of Intent: 
The purpose of this bill is to ensure that young adults will eliminate miseducation with false information and propaganda. There is no intent to convince females to get an abortion or use it as a form of birth control.
Author's Note: 
Women, especially adolescents, should be able to recite statistics and information on abortion as they can with information on any other class in their curriculums or in their past education. Therefore, they will be able to determine if their choice of a clinic is safe and if their decision is the best for them. Not to mention, males should be able to support their partners if they chose to get an abortion, and the entire stigma against pregnancy termination should be minimized.
Lobbyist Consideration: 
No
Fund Summary: 
Funds necessary for the implementation of this law will come from the Department of Health and the Department of Education. No funds will be generated as a result of this law. The implementation of this bill will fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Education.
Speedpass Consideration: 
No
Secondary Sponsor: