South Carolina state senator blocks sex education bill

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Monday, June 2, 2014

A state senator blocked a bill on Wednesday that would have required South Carolina schools to teach medically accurate information in sex education and inform parents what is being taught.

The measure seeking to update the state’s 26-year-old sex education curriculum passed the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday by a 9-2 vote, but Sen. Mike Fair, R-Greenville, placed a procedural hold on its advancement to the Senate floor.

With only a week left before the legislature adjourns, the bill is effectively dead, said sponsoring Rep. B.R. Skelton, R-Pickens.

Skelton said he is disappointed that anyone would oppose a bill seeking to reduce teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infection rates and abortions. He said teen pregnancies also contribute to poverty and welfare dependency.

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