Burlingame, Phyllida

Phyllida Burlingame is the Sex Education Policy Director for the ACLU of Northern California and mother of two young children.

California Leads on Sex Ed, But It's Not All Rosy in the Golden State

By Phyllida Burlingame

California has one of the country's strongest laws ensuring comprehensive sex education. Back in 2003, the legislature put teen health first and passed a law requiring sex education to be comprehensive, science-based and free of bias. California is also the only state that never accepted federal funding under the Title V abstinence-only-until-marriage program. A Guttmacher Institute report released last week credits these factors as a core reason that California leads the nation in lowering teen pregnancy rates.