Utah GOP Pushes Sex Education Bill That Prohibits Teaching Contraception
In Utah, Republicans are putting in place another right wing social engineering program — a bill that will require all sex education classes to follow an abstinence-only curriculum prohibiting any instruction in contraception.
A bill requiring sex education classes to teach an abstinence-only curriculum moved closer to becoming a law in Utah Wednesday.
The state House passed HB 363 in a 45-28 vote following extensive debate. The bill — which now goes on to the state Senate — would lift the current requirement that all public schools must teach sex ed in grades 8 through 12. If the bill passes, districts would decide whether to offer sex ed classes that teach an abstinence-only curriculum, or not offer the course at all. Republican state Rep. Bill Wright sponsored the proposal.
“We’ve been culturally watered down to think we have to teach about sex, about having sex and how to get away with it, which is intellectually dishonest,” Wright said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. “Why don’t we just be honest with them upfront that sex outside marriage is devastating?” …
An abstinence-only sex education course, Wright said, would include lessons on friendship, dating and love. It could include lessons on the consequences of sex outside of marriage and a chapter on how to say no to sex. The lawmaker believes that poverty rates would drop if abstinence became a more common practice, the Daily Herald reports.
Wow, this might be our most insane GOP fantasy of the day. That’s the Republican plan to address poverty — teach kids from poor backgrounds not to have sex, while preventing them from learning anything about contraception?
Good luck with that.