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Comprehensive Sex Education Bill Falls Short in Illinois Senate

In Illinois, a bill requiring sex education teachers to instruct students about both contraception and abstinence fell short by one vote in the state Senate yesterday. Conservative groups protested a provision in the bill that would require the information presented in sex education to be age appropriate and “medically accurate,” claiming that pre-marital sex should not be taught in the classroom. The legislation would not have required schools to teach sex education.

Comprehensive family planning services, like those funded by Title X, are not only based in medically accurate information but are proven to prevent unintended pregnancies and limit the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), while they save taxpayers’ money.

Sources:

National Partnership for Women and Families 5/5/11; Feminist Campus Website 5/5/11; Feminist Daily Newswire 3/30/11

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