Utah Lawmakers Pass Abstinence-Only Sex Education Curriculum

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Utah Legislature has passed a controversial bill mandating an abstinence-only sex education curriculum for Utah public schools or allows schools to drop the subject altogether.

The bill, which passed Tuesday largely along party lines, defines sex education as abstinence-only and bans instruction in sexual intercourse, homosexuality, contraceptive methods and sexual activity outside of marriage.

The measure now goes to Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, who is expected to sign it.

State Rep. Bill Wright, a Republican, sponsored the bill in response to what he viewed as inappropriate material being presented in classrooms, specifically materials produced by Planned Parenthood, the Desert News reports. He argues that sex education should take place in the home.

Under current law, parents can opt to keep their children out of the program.

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