Sex Ed State Legislative Mid-Year Report 2023

Aug 21, 2023
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In the aftermath of the past year's unrelenting attempts to deconstruct our schools, society, and the future of young people in our country, the 2023 legislative session has set horrifying new records for the introduction and enactment of anti-sexual and reproductive freedom policy.

Sexual and reproductive freedom advocates across the nation were challenged yet again with an avalanche of dangerous legislation set to rip away at the rights of youth, particularly their access to inclusive and affirming education. SIECUS tracked over 749 bills related to sex education, LGBTQIA+ rights, access to reproductive and gender affirming health care, access to honest education, and other related topics this year. Over 65% of the bills introduced this year were restrictive bills intended to roll back the human, civil, and reproductive rights of American youth. This includes a 24% increase from 2022 to 2023 in the filing of legislation that would seek to infringe upon the rights of young people, especially LGBTQIA+ youth, youth of color, and other vulnerable communities.