State Senate Panel Approves Changes To Sex Ed Bill

The North Carolina Senate has reworked a public school sex education bill from the House that had given parents the choice between two levels of explanation.

The measure for students in grades seven through nine was approved Wednesday by the Senate Mental Health and Youth Services Committee.

It would require all school systems to offer curricula promoting sexual abstinence outside of marriage. Districts also would be required to offer an optional program focusing on the effectiveness of contraceptives and preventing sexually transmitted diseases.

Rep. Susan Fisher of Buncombe County is the sponsor of the House version of the bill. She says the House version would make it more likely for students to get more accurate information about sex.

The bill now goes to the full Senate.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Garth Location: Wayne's world on Jun 10, 2009 at 08:14 PM
    You know what, I used to believe in the public school system but lately I'm leaning towards home schooling. They can't spank children in school anymore, they took prayer out of the schools, introduced sex education, and even elect a male homecoming queen. Does anyone else see an alarming trend here? I say go back to an old school way of educating our youth. Spank them, pray with them, and tell them that if they have sex with someone before marriage they will go to hell.
  • by Kat on Jun 10, 2009 at 12:50 PM
    Oh yeah the abstinence program makes complete sense. Not! Do you really think that spouting that mess that has been spouted for many years is going to help keep teens from having sex? Come on, are people really this dense? I'm sorry parents, but it should be the optional program as the mandatory program and the abstinence one as the optional program. I cannot believe how stupid people are to really think their kids aren't going to go off and have sex whether they want them to or not. At least the "optional" program helps them rather than leave than going out without any sense. I mean really can some of you parents honestly say you followed the abstinence program? How do you expect your kids to, if you didn't? Besides the fact that spouting that kind of mess without at least teaching them the more prone to help sex-ed stuff makes kids think they cannot talk to their parents about things they need to be able to talk to them about.

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