Dr. Eric Meyer is a champion. As an emergency department doctor, he’s seen how lack of access to health care impacts Arizonans every day. As a state representative from Legislative District 28, he’s also seen the impact of legislators putting the health and safety of everyone at risk when they attempt to practice medicine without a license. As a physician, it’s clear to Dr. Meyer that all medical decisions must be made by a patient and her doctor, not by the legislature. Therefore, as a candidate for the Arizona Senate, Dr. Meyer is poised to bring his wide-ranging experience to the highest legislative body in the state — if, on November 8, voters elect to send him back to the Capitol as a senator.
“Opposing [comprehensive sex education] is irresponsible and unfair to our state’s youth and the society as a whole.”
In 2014, the Arizona Mayors’ Education Roundtable released a report stating that high school dropouts cost the state $7.6 billion over the course of their lifetime. There is a direct correlation between medically accurate comprehensive sexual education and a reduction in teen pregnancy rates. Similarly, there is a direct correlation between teen pregnancy and school dropout rates, which leads to poverty and translates to high costs to the state. Why, then, do so many state lawmakers stridently oppose comprehensive sex education on the one hand, while on the other hand they decry teen pregnancy and high-school dropouts?
Luckily, during his eight years in the Arizona House of Representatives, Dr. Eric Meyer has built a consistent voting record when it comes to promoting education and preventing teen pregnancy, and he is prepared to continue this fight on the Senate floor. “We must develop a thoughtful, statewide policy to address these issues,” Meyer stated. “The most fundamental, basic first step to breaking this cycle is to provide statewide comprehensive, medically accurate sexual education for all teenagers.”
And think about it: Arizona ranks 12th for teen pregnancy rates in the country, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. As Dr. Meyer told us, “The status quo is unacceptable.”
Since we know that the piecemeal approach to allowing districts to choose whether and how to offer sexual education is ineffective, the only responsible step as state policymakers is to reform the system by implementing statewide comprehensive, medically accurate sexual education. Comprehensive sex education includes both abstinence and contraceptive methods for reducing the risk of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases and has proven effective nationwide. Opposing this is irresponsible and unfair to our state’s youth and the society as a whole.
In his eight years in the Arizona House of Representatives, Dr. Eric Meyer has worked to make education and health care access legislative priorities; in fact, he was the ranking member of both the House Education and House Health committees. Last legislative session, he was part of a bipartisan effort in the Senate and he will continue to advocate for the needs of his constituents and all Arizonans.
Tell your friends in LD 28 (Paradise Valley, Arcadia) to vote for and support Dr. Meyer so he can prevail in this tight race. It is imperative that we send more common-sense voices to the Capitol.