Friday, March 9, 2012

HB 363 No Sex Ed is Good Sex Ed

Here are the Yea votes from the House:
Anderson, J.Barlow, S.Barrus, R.Bird, J.Brown, M.
Christensen, L.Cox, F.Daw, B.Dee, B.Dougall, J.
Draxler, J.Dunnigan, J.Frank, C.Galvez, B.Grover, K.
Herrod, C.Hughes, G.Hutchings, E.Ipson, D.Ivory, K.
Kiser, T.Lockhart, R.Mathis, J.McCay, D.McIff, K.
Menlove, R.Morley, M.Newbold, M.Nielson, J.Noel, M.
Oda, C.Painter, P.Perry, L.Peterson, J.Peterson, V.
Pitcher, D.Ray, P.Sandstrom, S.Sanpei, D.Snow, V. L.
Sumsion, K.Vickers, E.Webb, R. C.Wilcox, R.Wright, B.
And the Yea votes from the Senate:
These are your representatives who voted to allow schools to do away with sex ed entirely, or if the schools choose to teach sex ed, to limit it to abstinence only.   They think that abstinence only is what will be most effective.  They are WRONG.  According to this study: 

"The abstinence-only approach to sex education is not supported by the extensive body of scien- tific research on what works to protect young people from HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted in- fections (STIs), and unplanned pregnancy. An assessment of the peer-reviewed, published research reveals no evidence that abstinence- only programs delay sexual initiation or reduce STIs or pregnancy. By contrast, credible re- search clearly demonstrates that some compre- hensive sex education, or “abstinence-plus,” programs can achieve positive behavioral changes among young people and reduce STIs, and that these programs do not encourage young people to initiate sexual activity earlier or have more sexual partners."

Here's the bit that does the most changing of current law:
(3) (a) (i) A local school board or charter school governing board may, but is not
             58      required to, provide human sexuality instruction or instructional programs.

             59          (ii) If a local school board or a charter school governing board decides to provide
             60      human sexuality instruction or instructional programs, the human sexuality instruction or
             61      instructional programs shall be provided in accordance with this section and H. supporting .H 
             61a      State Board of
             62      Education rules adopted under this section H. and consistent with this section .H .
             63          (b) [(i) That instructionHuman sexuality instruction or instructional programs shall
             64      teach and stress:
             65          [(A)(i) the importance of abstinence from all sexual activity before marriage and
             66      fidelity after marriage as the only sure methods for preventing certain communicable diseases;
             67      and
             68          [(B)(ii) personal skills that encourage individual choice of abstinence and fidelity.
             69          (c) Human sexuality instruction or instructional programs may not include instruction
             70      in H. [ ] [ ] or the advocacy of ] ] , or the discussion of ] .H :
             71          (i) the intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation, or erotic behavior;
             72          (ii) H. the advocacy of ] .H homosexuality;
             73          (iii) H. the advocacy or encouragement of ] the use of .H contraceptive methods or
             73a      devices; or
             74          (iv) H. [ the advocacy of ] .H sexual activity outside of marriage.
             75          [(ii) (A)(d) (i) At no time may instruction be provided, including responses to
             76      spontaneous questions raised by students, regarding any means or methods that facilitate or
             77      encourage the violation of any state or federal criminal law by a minor or an adult.
             78          [(B) Subsection (1)(b) (ii)(A) does not preclude an]
             79          (ii) An instructor [from respondingmay respond to a spontaneous question as long as
             80      the response is consistent with the provisions of this section.

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