2019: Help Maryland Students Opt Out of Dissection!

Student choice is once again being presented to the Maryland legislature with the introduction of SB 188, sponsored by Senator Ronald Young, and HB 206, sponsored by Del. Karen Lewis Young. This legislation would ensure that students and teachers know that a policy is available when classroom dissection activities are proposed and that students can, without penalty, refuse to participate and use an alternative instead.

Now is your chance to make a difference for Maryland students. Please help ensure that students in grades K-12 no longer dread science class because of the inevitable frog dissection, or even the dissection of a cat that looks exactly like their family pet.

It is essential that Maryland legislators hear from their constituents.

In just a few days, on Thursday, January 31 at 1:00 pm EST, SB 188 will be considered by the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

The hearing for HB 206 will be on Thursday, February 7 at 1:00 pm EST before the House Ways and Means Committee.

We are asking for your help to ensure that these bills pass.

  • If you, or someone you know, was denied permission to use an alternative to dissection, or did not want to dissect, but did not know what options were available, we need your testimony. Testimony can be in person or in writing, but it is essential that Maryland legislators hear from students who were hurt by the lack of policy.
  • If you live in the Annapolis area and are able to attend the hearing, we would be delighted to have you join us. All appearances must be arranged in advance, so please contact the sponsors, Sen. Ronald Young or Del. Karen Young. You can also let NAVS know if you plan to attend. 
  • If you cannot attend the hearing but would like to submit written testimony, it can be emailed to Sen. Ronald Young or Del. Karen Young prior to the hearings. You can also email it to NAVS and we will include it in the written testimony that we are bringing to the meeting. Please be sure to include your name (including your signature at the end) and address, and clearly state why you support this bill.
  • If you haven’t already taken action, you can also go to the NAVS advocacy center to send a letter to your Senator and Delegate, asking that they vote YES on the passage of SB 188 and HB 206.
  • If you have already sent a letter, don’t hesitate to give your Senator and Delegate a call in support of the bill.


This entry was posted in News on January 25, 2019.
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