Wisconsin Senate advances sex-ed abstinence proposal

MILWAUKEE Thu Nov 3, 2011 6:32pm EDT

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MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin could join 26 U.S. states in requiring sex education in public schools to stress abstinence under legislation that has cleared the state Senate and may be taken up by representatives early next year.

The measure would require public school teachers to instruct that abstaining from sex is the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy. It also would require promotion of parental responsibility and the socioeconomic benefits of marriage.

Republican state Senator Mary Lazich said the proposal takes "the emphasis of human growth and development away from special interests and government mandates and places it on ensuring students receive the necessary education to become healthy and productive members of society."

The legislation would strip requirements that students receive instruction on the health benefits, side effects and proper use of federally approved contraceptives, drawing criticism from reproductive rights groups.

"This extreme anti-prevention, anti-science, and hence pro-teen pregnancy, pro-poverty and pro-abortion bill is completely out of touch with Wisconsin voters and values," said Sara Finger of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health.

Wisconsin is one of 13 states that do not require sex education programs to teach abstinence, according to the Guttmacher Institute, which tracks reproductive public health policy. Another 26 states require abstinence to be stressed in sex education programs.

Julaine Appling, president of the Wisconsin Family Action political action committee that supports anti-abortion legislation as well as promoting abstinence, applauded the Senate vote on Wednesday to advance the proposal.

"We're one step closer to getting the heavy foot of Madison removed from the necks of Wisconsin's school districts when it comes to sex-ed programs," Appling said.

Wisconsin's Republican-majority state Senate voted 17-15 along party lines to advance the measure. The state Assembly returns to session in January.

(Editing by David Bailey and Cynthia Johnston)

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SyteR wrote:
Two-thirds of US parents and teens favor abstinence before marriage.

Liberal Madison wanted to force it’s liberal values on all of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin rebelled.

It’s called democracy.

More info at: http://sytereitz.com/2011/10/wisconsin-sex-ed-there%e2%80%99s-an-elephant-in-the-room/

Nov 03, 2011 8:51pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
nosmtrthanu wrote:
it only takes moments to blow statements with no fact basis like syter’s out of the water. two thirds may say that they are in favor of abstinence before marriage. but,just an example, “The vast majority of Americans have sex before marriage, including those who abstained from sex during their teenage years, according to “Trends in Premarital Sex in the United States, 1954–2003,” by Lawrence B. Finer, published in the January/February 2007 issue of Public Health Reports. i’m sure syter thought he heard different somewhere from someone who he/she swears is reliable.

Nov 03, 2011 9:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SyteR wrote:

Is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “National Survey of Adolescents and Their Parents: Attitudes and Opinions About Sex and Abstinence,” sponsored by the HHS’s Administration for Children and Families, and released by the Obama administration in August of 2010 good enough evidence for you?

Two-thirds of US parents and teens DO favor abstinence before marriage.
Most of America still has common sense.

More info at: http://sytereitz.com/2011/10/wisconsin-sex-ed-there%e2%80%99s-an-elephant-in-the-room/

Nov 03, 2011 11:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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