News “While we all hope that our teens will remain abstinent, we must acknowledge that over half of all teens are having sex.”
posted by March 7 at 21:57 PMon
After five years of making it through the House, but getting nowhere in the Senate, the sex ed bill —mandating that sex ed be medically accurate and that abstinence cannot be taught at the exclusion of contraception—passed the state Senate today, 30-19.
This means, pending the Governor’s signature, it’s good to go.
Applauding the news, Karen Cooper, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, who I’m quoting up above, also said, “teens need accurate, complete information about sexual health in order to avoid unwanted pregnancy and protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases.”
I Slogged about the bill when the House held hearings in late January. Here’s an important update to those original posts: The local chapter of Planned Parenthood does not advocate that Washington schools use a text called Making Sense of Abstinence. I’m bringing this up because an abstinence-only group called AWARE, which testified at the House hearings I slogged about, had accused PP of pushing the book on local schools. Furthermore, the book, which was advertised on a PP web site in New Jersey, does not advocate that teens look at porn, as AWARE testimony also claimed.