Two university students are working with a statewide organization to improve sex education by proposing and lobbying for bills in Mississippi legislature.

Mississippi law currently requires school districts to choose between “abstinence-only” and “abstinence-plus” curriculums. Both teach that sex is only appropriate within marriage. 

Tyler Yarbrough and Kelly Bates work with Teen Health Mississippi (THMS), which promotes policies that ensure access to sex education for young people, as well as affordable sexual and reproductive health services. 

Yarbrough and Bates will travel to Jackson in January to lobby on behalf of a bill they are helping to write that would require sex education curriculum to be medically accurate. 

“I think Teen Health Mississippi and the work it is doing is so important in this given time

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