Utah schools await abstinence-only sex education bill

Bill: HB363 (PDF)

Sponsored by Sen. Margaret Dayton and Rep. Bill Wright, HB363 requires human sexuality instruction or instructional programs to teach and stress the importance of abstinence from all sexual activity before marriage and fidelity after marriage as the only sure methods for preventing certain communicable diseases. The bill also requires the teaching of personal skills that encourage individual choice of abstinence and fidelity. HB363 imposes certain restrictions for human sexuality instructional programs: it permits a local school board or charter school governing board to adopt abstinence only instructional materials recommended by the State Board of Education and or the school district’s or charter school’s curriculum materials review committee.

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