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Sex ed bill clears N.C. Senate

Posted June 23, 2009

— A bill requiring all school systems to offer comprehensive sex education cleared the state Senate Tuesday.

The bill passed with a vote of 25-21 and now returns to the House, where lawmakers there will work to concur with the Senate's changes to the version the House passed in April.

Under the Senate bill, the measure would be part of a larger reproductive health education curriculum that would still retain the abstinence-until-marriage curriculum that remains the current offering for nearly all 115 state school districts.

Parents would be able to keep their children from participating in classes with the more detailed information on contraceptives.

The House version would require schools to teach two separate tracks - one abstinence-based and the other the comprehensive sex education that's similar to what a handful of districts are allowed to teach.

The House version also would require parents to fill out a permission slip for a child to participate in a track, or choose that their child get no sex education.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 25, 2009

    canes017, FINITE resources are not IN-FINITELY available. Therefore, humans cannot continue to breed at current rates...infinitely. How can anyone disagree with that?

    The amount of physical space available on earth is meaningless if there's no food, no water or environment to sustain humans. So, if we do not address overpopulation, then the human race will eventually extinguish itself. If not, why not?

  • canes017 Jun 24, 2009

    "Eventually, there has to be a maximum number of people on this planet; it cannot sustain current human growth. Even now, 30,000 children die every day because there's not enough food for them. So, reducing the 615,000 unplanned U.S. teenage pregnancies every year seems like a good idea."

    Yes yes, but acting like kids that are already on the way are going to be the downfall of society is a little ridiculous, especially when you consider the fact that this country, unlike china, is far frome exceeding its space and resource cap.

    You (in general, not you specifically hereandnow) sound a little like margaret sanger and the other eugenics fanatics that thought it would be a good idea to cleanse society of problem children when you talk about controlling population numbers.

  • rleann Jun 24, 2009

    Yes, Parents SHOULD be the ones teaching but the fact is that MANY aren't. Should young adults be taught the facts in addition to abstinace? YES. We don't let kids drive cars without teaching them to put on a seatbelt.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 24, 2009

    canes017, did your economics class also address the fact that finite resources are not infinitely available? And are you advocating that we should breed more to "keep up with China"? ...who has instituted a one-child policy because of overpopulation.

    Eventually, there has to be a maximum number of people on this planet; it cannot sustain current human growth. Even now, 30,000 children die every day because there's not enough food for them. So, reducing the 615,000 unplanned U.S. teenage pregnancies every year seems like a good idea.

  • canes017 Jun 24, 2009

    "And the reason sex ed needs to be taught is because unintended pregnancies and unplanned children are a strain on our economy and our resources."

    Yeah, more humans to pay taxes, work jobs, create businesses, spend money, and generally grow our economy to try and keep up with China is such a drag.

    You didn't take economics, did you?

  • canes017 Jun 24, 2009

    "Unfortunately many parents are too bashful or ashamed to talk to their kids about sex, and then get a rude awakening when their child has become pregnant or has an STD."

    That doesn't mean the government should be allowed to step in. If I refuse to pay my taxes does the government step in and pay them for me?

  • Hip-Shot Jun 24, 2009

    "Sex education should be taught by the parents!!!!!!!"

    This is true. Unfortunately many parents are too bashful or ashamed to talk to their kids about sex, and then get a rude awakening when their child has become pregnant or has an STD.

  • merrywidow Jun 24, 2009

    And the reason sex ed needs to be taught is because unintended pregnancies and unplanned children are a strain on our economy and our resources.

  • concerncitizen Jun 24, 2009

    This is so stupid..... We don't have enought money or teatchers to teach the curriculum we have now. Here we are adding more. Parents take back the responsibility of home training your children. Let health education be about health. Sex education should be taught by the parents!!!!!!!

  • merrywidow Jun 24, 2009

    Schools sexualize our kids?! Puh-leeze people, we humans are sexual beings! Our bodies still have that stone-age hard wiring of "reproduce while you can" (like someone mentioned before).

    No matter of one is going to abstain until marriage, it doesn't hurt to still have factual information about human sexuality and ways to prevent STD's and unintended pregnancy.

    And girls should be taught that some boys view sex as recreation, and that other boys do it for love. And boys should be taught that some girls have sex because of love, and other girls do it for recreation.

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