Sex education is going to be a thing of the past in Utah thanks to a newly passed bill to remove all education on safe sex and instead teach their teens to practice abstinence. Only the signature of Gov. Gary Herbert, is needed for parents and teachers to be mandated to collectively stick their heads in the sand.
What are the details on this new no sex ed bill to put in ineffective sex education? It’s a pretty pathetic layout, that removes anything even whispering about the joys of erotic behavior or even simple condom use.
The details on Utah’s abstinence only bill
Utah’s teachers will not be allowed to inform students about contraceptives, “the intricacies of intercourse”, homosexuality, or sexual activity outside of marriage. The bill says teachers would have to inform students that, “abstinence from all sexual activity before marriage and fidelity after marriage as the only sure methods for preventing certain communicable diseases.” Teachers would still be allowed to provide instruction on male and female physiology and anatomy, as well as health issues like AIDS/HIV. The proposed law does allow schools one other option: not to teach anything about sex at all.
Here’s what the village idiot er..I mean Utah’s state representative Bill Wright had to say on the abstinence only bill.
He believes sex education shouldn’t be taught in the classroom; he says that kind of instruction should take place in the home. Wright says he decided to change existing sex education laws after seeing instructional materials provided by Planned Parenthood that he viewed as inappropriate. The proposed bill mandates that Utah schools must use approved abstinence-only curriculum materials for sex education instruction.
The only voice of reason in this whole debacle is, of course, the actual teachers. You know, the people who actually see more of the youths than anyone else on a daily basis?
The Utah Education Association – a teacher’s union – and the Utah Parent Teacher Association are urging the governor to veto the bill. A state senator opposed to the bill said that schools need to teach young people about sex because parents might not address the topic at home. Critics of the bill point to a 2007 study of abstinence classes that found no difference in the abstinence rate between students that took the class and students who did not.
An online petition has garnered more than 35,000 signatures, asking the governor to veto the bill.