Utah Senate Passes Abstinence Only Bill

According to The Huffington Post, The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the Senate in Utah passed a bill Tuesday that would only allow abstinence only education into the school curriculum.

If the school chooses not to provide abstinence only, they can drop sex education from the curriculum all together. The bill also prohibits teachers from discussing homosexuality or how to use contraception in class.

This lifts the current requirement that schools provide sexual education to students grades 8 through 12.

Senators passed the bill because they believed that sex education is meant for the home, not for school.

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This is ridiculous! Many parents feel awkward about having a “sex talk” with their child, so they often have a very brief conversation about it or they do not talk about it at all. They certainly do not educate adequately enough to keep them safe and help them understand the consequences of their actions. That is why schools have implemented sex education into their curriculum.

Without sex education at school, STDs and teen pregnancies could sky rocket because teens will not be equipped with the knowledge to prepare them for having sex.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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