Mont. Governor Needs to Veto Sex Education Bill

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, April 18, 2013

After the Senate and House both approved the controversial House Bill 239, I’m hoping Gov. Steve Bullock steps forward and vetoes the proposal. 

The bill would require school districts to obtain written permission from parents prior to students attending “a course of instruction, a class period, an assembly, an organized school function, or instruction of any type that involves human sexual education, human sexuality issues, or information regarding sexual acts.”

Once a student reaches a certain age, I feel such information is important for the student to understand. People can see that parents are the ones who should be providing the information, and that’s fine to say and may be true, but some parents simply aren’t doing that.

Supporters of the bill state that it allows parents to decide what their children are being taught regarding sexual education. That’s good in theory, but the fact is that the law already permits parents to opt out to not let their children participate.

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