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.