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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

 11:52 PM 

Assembly passes bill repealing sex education provisions

The Assembly passed a bill that repeals the so-called "Healthy Youth Act" passed last session by Democrats that provided "comprehensive sex education." The bill will head to the governor's desk for his signature.

SB 237 would require schools that offer a human development and growth curriculum to emphasize abstinence as the preferred method of birth control and emphasize the role and "socioeconomic benefits" of marriage.

The bill would also remove information on contraceptives and barrier methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration from the required curriculum.

Democrats argued the bill would neglected science-based teaching and would put children at risk for STDs and teen pregnancy.

Rep. Donna Seidel, D-Wausau, also called it part of a "war on women," and said struggling families should dismayed by the lack of focus on jobs.

"They feel let down and what are we doing in these last hours to get this important work done," Seidel asked. "We are arguing about advancing an extreme social agenda that is nothing about that."

Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, R-Fond Du Lac, said that the bill is allowing school districts to teach human development curricula that is more in-line with their own choices and values of the community. He also said that local school districts wouldn't have to change anything about their human development curricula if they didn't want to.

"Moral, religious and cultural differences have made it very difficult to come up with a unified approach on this," Thiesfeldt said. "But a one-size fits all approach is unacceptable."

A series of Democratic amendments to the restore provisions of the current law and add language recognizing the sexuality of same-sex youth were tabled.


Comments: 1

At March 14, 2012 at 10:44 AM, Blogger badmojokitty said...

This article as a whole doesn't make sense to me. The bill passed? but there's a lot of what 'would happen if' language along with missing words and wrong tenses. 'the bill would neglected'?
I'm posting this critique in the hope that the work can be improved, thus better communication with the readers. I want to understand what is being reported. Or maybe I'm a bad reader?

 

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