Students promote sex education and partner with Planned Parenthood
The new club will provide a nationwide network of events, opportunities
A new organization, the Planned Parenthood Generation Action Club, is fighting restricted access to sex education and reproductive health care.
Last year, Governor Ron DeSantis signed a new law who qualifies as a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion on a minor without the written consent of a parent or legal guardian, and another law was recently proposed to the State Senate that would limit access to quality sex education.
When founder Ryleigh Burke (’24) and some of her friends were volunteering at Planned parenthood, a well-known provider of reproductive health care for women, their experiences made them curious about starting a campus club that would promote reproductive health and sex education.
Burke, along with Chloe Hughes (’23), Trinideé Mercado (’23) and Elizabeth McBride (’24), approached Kimberly Dennis, professor of Art History and Sexuality and Women and Gender Studies. , who is now the club’s advisor. They began to work directly with Planned Parenthood to establish a new club in Rollins.
The club, which currently has twelve members, meets every three weeks at 6.30 p.m. The purpose of these meetings is to break down the stigma surrounding reproductive rights and sex education, to provide “a space for people of all races, genders, and sexualities. , and ethnicity to feel empowered ”, and to speak freely about matters that are generally off the table.
Breaking the stigma around sex education will be a particular focus of the club this semester, mainly due to the introduction of a controversial bill, SB 582, which is currently under consideration by the Florida Legislature. This bill would force school systems to enroll in sex education rather than withdraw. Critics of the bill, Burke among them, believe that if passed it would limit access to sex education and increase the number of unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STIs and STDs.
“We want to raise awareness of this bill and organize meetings that will de-stigmatize sex education,” said Burke.
While the new club is dedicated to making change in the wider community, they also have plans for Rollins in particular: “One of our long-term goals is to get easier access to condoms from. best quality on campus. We also want to make sex education more accessible on campus, along with other contraceptives, ”said Burke.
Generation Action is part of a national network of similar clubs associated with Planned Parenthood and can engage with other clubs across the country. Currently, the Rollins-based club is working with its counterpart at the University of Central Florida to host a panel featuring healthcare professionals on safe sex and birth control. The panel will be held virtually on February 16.
The club plans to host other events throughout the semester, such as sharing sex education stories.
“We are planning to bring in a speaker to talk about sex, love, sex toys and issues. Plus, if people stick around, they can even join us for a sex quiz night at the end of the semester, ”said Burke.
Details of these events and many more can be found on the club website. Instagram pages. Students are encouraged to message club members via Instagram to ask questions and find out how to get involved.
The club’s ultimate goal, which Burke has said she hopes to pursue as the club grows, is to encourage the Rollins community to be active in the fight for reproductive justice.