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One more "Core 84"

Posted by Ryan Morgan on September 19, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Yesterday I learned about another “Core 84,” another overwhelming majority that banded together for a noble cause—Scotland’s voters.

According to a 2011 survey, 84% of South Carolinians support teaching comprehensive sex education in public schools—the “Core 84” as South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy dubbs it.

That’s unbelievable, right?  Or maybe it’s more unbelievable that in the face of such overwhelming support some lawmakers block the passage of sex ed reforms that would ensure medically accurate sex education.

But I digress.

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Yesterday I learned about another “Core 84,” another overwhelming majority that banded together for a noble cause—Scotland’s voters.

In the vote for Scottish independence yesterday 84% of registered voters participated.  84%!

To put this in perspective, in South Carolina’s primaries this year we had about a 14% voter turn out. 14%.

I suspect one reason for the discrepancy between these numbers is the tired old cliché we hear in the U.S.: “My vote doesn’t matter.” 

I’ll see your cliché and raise you one.  Your vote is your voice, and if you don’t vote you don’t have the right to complain about the results.

If you feel good that for sixteen years in a row lawmakers have introduced bills that would outlaw birth control and IVF, don’t vote.

If you are fine that some lawmakers opposed medically accurate sex education in our schools, by all means, don’t vote.

If you think it’s no big deal that within the last 10 years 71 bills harmful to women’s reproductive health have been introduced in the South Carolina General Assembly, then don’t vote.

But if you’re like me and have a problem with these facts, I want you to do three things:

  1. Register to vote or make sure your registration is up-to-date.
  2. Ask the candidates where they stand on reproductive health issues like medically accurate sex education.
  3. On November 4 (or earlier if you’re voting absentee), vote and make sure all your friends, family, and neighbors vote!

 


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