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March 21, 2012 Print

Wisconsin Returns Sex-Ed Decisions to Schools


The Wisconsin Legislature recently repealed a law mandating that comprehensive sex education be taught in schools — allowing educators to decide what kinds of lessons are appropriate for their students going forward.

The measure, which the governor is expected to sign, requires schools that choose to teach sex education to emphasize the fact that abstinence is the only foolproof method of birth control, and that marriage has the greatest socioeconomic benefits for individuals and society. In contrast to the former law, schools are no longer required to teach about contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

“This is a bill that is reasonable and responsible and allows local school districts who know their students the best to make the decision about what kind of sex-ed program they will have in their school,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action.

Mary Ann Mosack, vice chairman of the National Abstinence Education Association advisory board, agreed, saying the bill empowers school districts to plug in the values of its community.

“This particular bill allows local school districts and parents to choose an abstinence-centered program, which was prohibited in the former law,” Mosack said.

Read Wisconsin SB 237.


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