This month we learned Judge Brett Kavanaugh is the nominee to replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation would solidify a conservative majority on the Supreme Court and this would be a disaster for the rights of young people, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration rights, voting rights, affirmative action, and civil rights for generations to come.

The threat to our access to safe and legal abortion has never been more real. All people, and especially our young people, have the right to the full range of reproductive health care services. 


Federal Updates


  • The House Appropriations Committee marked up the Labor, Health, and Human Services FY 2019 funding bill on Wednesday, July 11th. (Markup was delayed twice by the GOP due to the high number of amendments regarding family separation at the border.) SIECUS and its partners worked with Members of Congress on a number of amendments related to sexual and reproductive health. These included:

    •  An amendment by Rep. Pocan (D-WI 2nd District) striking the ban on fetal tissue research

    • An amendment from Rep. Wasserman Schultz (D-FL 23rd District) striking the Conscience Protection Act, which allows ideological refusals from hospitals, employers, and universities to prevent women from being informed about or referred for abortion services

    • An amendment by Rep. Lee (D-CA 13th District) eliminating funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage programs and supporting funding for DASH

    • An amendment by Rep. Lee (D-CA 13th District) restoring funding for TPPP

    • An amendment by Rep. Clark (D-MA 5th District) striking language that would defund Planned Parenthood

    • An amendment by Rep. Lowey (D-NY 17th District) to restore funding to the Title X family planning program and to prevent implementation of the domestic gag rule

Unfortunately, all of these amendments were met with partisan opposition from the GOP and did not pass. 

Title X Domestic Gag Rule

SIECUS will be compiling and submitting comments on the Title X domestic gag rule, which prohibits Title X recipients from providing referrals for or performing abortion services in the same facilities where Title X-funded services are provided. This far-reaching, overbroad rule would allow providers to withhold vital health information from their patients and jeopardize the rights of millions of low-income individuals, especially young people and people of color.

We must protect Title X. Please join SIECUS in submitting a comment opposing this rule change by July 31st. Submit comments here

Need help drafting your comments? Stay tuned for a follow-up email with a draft of SIECUS’ comment that you can use as a template.


State Updates

2018 State Mid-Year Report Webinar

Join the SIECUS State Policy team on July 25th at 2:00pm (EST) for our 2018 State Legislative Mid-Year webinar. This webinar will discuss the 2018 Sex Ed State Legislative Mid-Year Report which identifies bills from state legislatures across the country (introduced through May 31, 2018) and highlights notable activity related to either advancing or restricting progress toward comprehensive sexuality education. SIECUS analyzed 139 bills and found that 78 percent sought to improve sexuality education in public schools. 

Space is limited for this webinar. Register here.



If/Then Series: LGBTQ Rights & Sex Education

"If you care about LGBTQ rights, then you should care about sex education." The first fact sheet of the If/Then series highlights that advancing sex education also means advancing the equality and well-being of the LGBTQ community at large. Learn more in the full report.

Seven Reasons Confirming Brett Kavanaugh Would Be Terrible for Women

In response to Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination, the National Partnership for Women & Families has released a fact sheet describing seven reasons confirming Judge Kavanaugh would be terrible for women. We hope that this fact sheet will be a useful resource in the confirmation fight ahead.


Did you know?

SIECUS offers a range of advocacy and policy technical assistance! Our team works with school districts, youth-serving professionals, and state legislators to develop sex education policies. Contact SIECUS today to see how we can work with you to advance sex education in your state!


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Jennifer Driver
State Policy Director


1012 14th Street NW Suite 1108
Washington, District of Columbia 20005

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