Sex education law may mean little change in Illinois schools

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Illinois schools that teach sex education will be required to provide information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases — not just abstinence — under a bill that Gov. Pat Quinn has said he’ll sign into law.

The bill, passed by the General Assembly this spring, would take effect Jan. 1 and is intended to help prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, said Democratic state Sen. Heather Steans, a co-sponsor of the legislation. Quinn’s office says he supports the legislation but hasn’t yet set a date to sign it.

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