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The Utah House has passed a bill banning any mention of contraception in sex education classes. If a school does offer sex ed, it has to be abstinence only.

The state House passed HB 363 in a 45-28 vote following extensive debate. The bill -- which now goes on to the state Senate -- would lift the current requirement that all public schools must teach sex ed in grades 8 through 12. If the bill passes, districts would decide whether to offer sex ed classes that teach an abstinence-only curriculum, or not offer the course at all. Republican state Rep. Bill Wright sponsored the proposal. "We've been culturally watered down to think we have to teach about sex, about having sex and how to get away with it, which is intellectually dishonest," Wright said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. "Why don't we just be honest with them upfront that sex outside marriage is devastating?"

Rep. Wright say his bill was prompted by Planned Parenthood materials which "promote promiscuity."

UT Rep. Bill Wright, Joe. My. God. 52 Comments [2/29/2012 6:28:10 PM]
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Old Viking

Abstinence only? Yeah, that has a wonderful track record.

2/29/2012 6:31:12 PM

Patches

If the schools don't teach them about sex, I'm sure the boys on the playground would be happy to.

2/29/2012 6:37:45 PM

J. James

Never mind that abstinence-only education leads to shattered lives, teen pregnancy, poverty, misery, and abortion. No, we need to protect these children from the evils of dong-shaped latex balloons and little white pills!

2/29/2012 6:46:44 PM

rubber chicken

Dear Americans,

Please remember, before you get all upset with the inevitable mocking and 'stupid yank' gibes, that these are your elected representatives saying these things. If you don't want to be thought of as a nation of ignorant douchebags, stop electing ignorant douchebags to represent you.

2/29/2012 6:52:35 PM

anevilmeme

The 12th century called, they want their worldview back.

2/29/2012 6:52:43 PM

Reynardine

Why don't we just be honest with ourselves upfront that teenagers are likely to have sex, ready or not, but sooner and more disastrously if not? See here, Mr. Wrong, how will you feel when your fourteen-year-old comes in and says she or he needs your permission to get married right away? That's what happened a lot in the good old ignorance is bliss days.

2/29/2012 6:52:54 PM

Fawful has seen God has a vagina on top of his penis


Yeah, that abstinence-only program sure works. Good job Deep South.

2/29/2012 7:12:24 PM

Pagan4evs

No no no no no! They won't pass this will they?

2/29/2012 7:13:18 PM

ScrappyB

@ rubber chicken

Uh, this moronic douche is a state level politician. Only people who are residents of the state get to vote in those elections. You can hardly blame all Americans for voting for him and the rest of the idiots that voted to pass the bill. Hopefully it will be defeated in the state senate, but given the fact that Utah has a bunch of Mormon fundies, I won't be surprised if it passes.


2/29/2012 7:15:12 PM

Amadaun

@anevilmeme: The 12th century actually was a relatively open one about sex--I mean, patriarchal and preoccupied with keeping possession of one's women, but crude and very low on shyness and marriage was only just getting into the hands of the priests, and that for the upper classes. It was still primarily a civil convention, just like it's mostly become again only with less paperwork. And Now You Know.

2/29/2012 7:23:45 PM

ScrappyB

For anyone who is interested, here's a link to the original story in the Salt Lake Tribune:

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/utes/53570545-90/abstinence-allow-bill-education.html.csp

2/29/2012 7:24:20 PM

Brendan Rizzo

Have fun with that teenage pregnancy rate, Utah.

...You know, there's a reason we sent the Mormons there. Now I think I know why.

2/29/2012 7:29:02 PM

Nowonmai

Once again, Republicans/Conservatives equate ignorance with innocence.

Kids, before everyone became citified and sissified, knew where babies came from almost before they knew how to walk.
And who said sex outside of marriage is devastating? Besides uptight "oh sex is dirty" fundies?

2/29/2012 7:31:42 PM

Wehpudicabok

And the difference between fundie Christians in the US and fundie Muslims in the Middle East is...

...?

2/29/2012 7:40:18 PM

checkmate

sex outside marriage is devastating?

I'm devistated.

2/29/2012 7:46:58 PM

Anon E Mouse

@rubber chicken:

Politician says something stupid => "Man, that's a stupid politician"

American politician says something stupid => "Man, Americas are so stupid"

2/29/2012 7:50:15 PM

Berny

"Why don't we just be honest with them upfront that sex outside marriage is devastating?"

Because you'd be lying to them? Sex in and outside of marriage is great, but not telling sexually active kids about birth control has been proven many times over to lead to an increase in teen pregnancies.
People will fuck. Get over it and tell them how to do it safely.

2/29/2012 8:27:03 PM

John

"Why don't we just be honest with them upfront that sex outside marriage is devastating?"

No, unplanned unmarried pregnancy is devastating. Considering that we have a 50% divorce rate, it would appear that most children are born "outside marriage", if by that you mean living with both their biological parents.

Teens in the United States and Europe have similar levels of sexual activity. However, European teens are more likely than U.S. teens to use contraceptives generally and to use the most effective methods; they therefore have substantially lower pregnancy rates.

2/29/2012 8:30:15 PM

Doubting Thomas

So basically you're going to teach kids all about sex, and then tell them not to have sex?

I'm guessing the teen pregnancy rate in Utah is going to spike in a few years.

2/29/2012 8:39:22 PM



how to get away with it, which is intellectually dishonest

Only in your warped, little mind, Rep. Wright.

...sex outside marriage is devastating?

It is?! No one told me!!!

2/29/2012 8:47:27 PM

rebel

You hypocritical douchnozzles. School is for education and with education comes with actual facts. Honestly, these people sicken me.

I just spent an evening blowing apart sexual myths that my 25 year old American born cousin still believed were true!

I apologize to sane rational Americans, but this is one of the reasons I, and so many of my friends', are currently laughing at you. Again, I apologize.

2/29/2012 8:48:59 PM

TB Tabby

Put everything into abortion, Utah.

2/29/2012 9:18:49 PM



I wonder what their reaction will be when the teen pregnancy numbers skyrocket.

2/29/2012 9:19:42 PM

Sasha

Not just teenage pregnancy; condoms are also effective against STDs. Enjoy your teenage health care crisis, Utah. You're about to become the abortion capitol of the U.S.

2/29/2012 10:06:38 PM

Percy Q. Shunn

I'm pretty sure that I would not be devastated to have sex with this...


2/29/2012 10:09:11 PM
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