Sex Education about Reality, Not Ideology

Friday, February 15, 2013

A bill that requires parental permission before a child participates in sex education in school is a bad idea and lawmakers should shelve it.

Let’s be clear: This is not about ideology; it’s about reality.

Under Montana state law, parents now have the ability to keep their children out of sex education classes. Those who feel strongly about the issue can make certain their kids don’t take part in these classes — they can simply “opt out.” And some actively engaged parents give their kids the sex education they feel is appropriate in the home.

But conservative lawmakers aren’t content with that. House Bill 239 would require parents to “opt in” before their child receives sex education.

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