Utah governor vetoes sex ed ban

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert vetoed a bill that would have banned discussion of contraception in sex ed classes. A Republican in a very conservative state, Herbert gave the veto a parent control spin.

. . .  Herbert said that as a parent and grandparent he considered proper sex education in public schools an important component to the moral education youngsters receive at home.

“If HB 363 were to become law, parents would no longer have the option the overwhelming majority is currently choosing for their children. I am unwilling to conclude that the state knows better than Utah’s parents as to what is best for their children,” he said.

Currently, schools can teach “abstinence plus” sex ed, with parents’ consent, or abstinence-only.

. . .  Utah teachers may describe different types of contraceptives, how they work (such as by preventing transfer of bodily fluids) and their success and failure rates, though they may not advocate their use or explain to students how to use them.

The bill also would have barred instruction on homosexuality or other types of human sexuality.

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  1. Catherine says:

    ” I am unwilling to conclude that the state knows better than Utah’s parents as to what is best for their children.” Wouldn’t it be nice to see the same mindset on reform vs. traditional math, school choice, etc.?

  2. Kids should be discouraged from even thinking about sex at all until they’re 13… Not to censor anything from them, but to allow them to stay innocent and be kids. But after they reach that 13th Birthday, a new era of maturity in their lives begins – as well as open curiosity about sex. At this point, they need to learn everything they can learn about the subject, and fast, before they make some lifelong mistakes… As often happens when ignorance abounds.