As the mother of a student at Alder Creek Middle School, I want to make sure the next generation is empowered with the information, resources and skills they need to lead their healthiest lives. That's why I'll be voting for school board members who support common-sense community values.
Kathy Wai should be elected to the North Clackamas School Board because she supports sexual health education that's accurate, inclusive and effective. Comprehensive sex ed provides young people with the knowledge they need for a lifetime of good health: the ability to love themselves for who they are, make informed decisions about relationships and think critically about the world around them.
This is especially critical at a time when rates of unintended pregnancy among teens in Oregon have reached a historic low. We need to build on that success. Our students deserve better than ineffective "abstinence only" programs that withhold important facts and provide medically inaccurate and stigmatizing information. I'm especially concerned about this, because Kathy Wai's opponent has received an endorsement from the right-wing extremists at Oregon Right To Life, who oppose accurate and inclusive sex ed.
Please join me in voting for North Clackamas School Board candidate Kathy Wai. And spread the word to your neighbors to return their ballots by May 18!
Colby Phillips is a resident of Milwaukie.
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