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Utah Passes Abstinence-Only Sex Education Bill; Bans Discussion of Homosexuality and Contraceptives: VIDEO

Utah's legislature gave final passage this week with a Senate vote of 19-10 to an abstinence-only sex-ed bill that forbids discussion of homosexuality even if the student asks, FOX13 reports:

UtahAfter the new bill goes into effect, the teaching of sex education in Utah classrooms has to be about not having sex before marriage and fidelity within marriage. Teachers cannot advocate the use of contraceptives anymore and they cannot talk about homosexuality, even if asked by a student.

HB 363 would also allow any Utah school to opt out of sex education and would ban students from talking to their teachers about pre-marital sex.

“My problem is that we’re having essentially complete strangers teaching our children, who frankly we don’t know who they are and exactly what they’re teaching, with the most sensitive issues that do belong in the home,” said one Republican Senator during Tuesday’s floor debate.

Opponents of the bill, most of them Senate Democrats, say HB 363 is out of touch with reality.

Watch FOX13's report on the debate and passage, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. If students can't talk to their teachers about pre-marital sex, does that mean students can't go to their teachers for help if they are being sexually abused?

    Posted by: Bob | Mar 8, 2012 9:56:45 PM

  2. These are LAWMAKERS!

    Grown men & women in the 21st century!

    When does the madness end ???

    Posted by: JONES | Mar 8, 2012 9:57:09 PM

  3. Even the LDS Saints must know that they will reap what they sow someday.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Mar 8, 2012 9:57:55 PM

  4. Well, that sounds effective, doesn't it?

    Posted by: patrick | Mar 8, 2012 10:12:27 PM

  5. Let them go back to medieval times. Once their kid get old enough, they will bolt the cult. The rest of us will move into the future.

    Posted by: CB | Mar 8, 2012 10:26:05 PM

  6. Didn't the president go with funding comprehensive sex Ed? Won't they lose federal funding, they should.

    Posted by: GeorgeM | Mar 8, 2012 10:43:31 PM

  7. And once again, that little blur between church and state...while the Morons, er...Mormons have their harems. How about an agreed curriculum, that also coincides with the current day/reality?! States rights have always annoyed me, especially in cases like this.

    Posted by: Ellen | Mar 8, 2012 10:45:54 PM

  8. What do you expect which is +90% Mormon? Their bat dropping religious beliefs are first rate. The same thing would happen if it was a majority Catholic, or any other fairy tale religious state.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Mar 8, 2012 10:46:15 PM

  9. The stupid, it not only burns, it chars beyond hope.

    This is a perfect example of faith over fact, belief over reality, opinion over knowledge. And these cretins are fighting tooth and nail to see that faith trumps all. So noble! So righteous! So wrong!


    Just one, readily available study linked below. And there's always the Waxman study.


    Posted by: TJ | Mar 8, 2012 11:35:04 PM

  10. Reading this article makes me feel fortunate not only because I took sex ed in the 8th grade (1978-79), but that even at that young age, I was aware of the options I had.

    Posted by: Carlos | Mar 9, 2012 12:41:09 AM

  11. Why aren't any civil rights groups filing lawsuits about these unconstitutional bills?
    We're on our own as usual.

    Posted by: Molc | Mar 9, 2012 12:47:21 AM

  12. Well I hope all the filthy whore girls(which is what they'll be called, and think of themselves) will enjoy all the skeevy back door, off the medical grid prairie abortions.

    Posted by: MKe | Mar 9, 2012 1:24:06 AM

  13. These kids are having sex already, why on earth don't we want them to have all the information? It just baffles the mind. This will lead to more unwanted pregnancies, more STDs and, ultimately, with more STDs, more deaths and severe long term consequences from STDs. I really think politicians who vote for this stuff should be called out for the consequences of their actions.

    Posted by: Ryan | Mar 9, 2012 2:29:19 AM

  14. what continues to surprise me is the people who implement these bills actually think they are helping. I don't know about you but I learned about sex on the play ground and then through TV and then the internet, friends etc. Simply not talking about gay people or premarital sex doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Personally I think a show like 'Jersey Shore' is way more detrimental to young kids and society in general. Where is the bill to ban that show? Although I get frustrated daily I have to remember that one day this will be over, history has shown that every group in America who fought for freedom has won...and one day we will too!

    Posted by: brett | Mar 9, 2012 2:45:48 AM

  15. Don't go TO Utah, Go THROUGH Utah.

    Posted by: FUtah | Mar 9, 2012 4:20:10 AM

  16. Right. Because this worked out so well when the Anoka-Hennepin School District tried it. The very cynical among us might consider investing heavily in Utah's largest casket manufacturer.

    Posted by: FFS | Mar 9, 2012 4:27:36 AM

  17. Isn't it about time in all such dark-ages states and school districts for the kids to file CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS against their districts and jurisdictional bodies for criminal negligence leading to grave mental and bodily harm for not teaching them the real facts about sexual diversity and protection against disease and unwanted premature pregnancy.

    Posted by: John Biltmore | Mar 9, 2012 4:34:21 AM

  18. Utah is a hole. Mentally and physically.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 9, 2012 5:40:22 AM

  19. Can we just let Utah secede and be their own little Mormon country? We don't need any of their politicians casting votes on federal issues in Washington.

    Posted by: sparks | Mar 9, 2012 5:51:46 AM

  20. My parents never discussed the basics of sex with me. My friend Gregg, whose parents were Mormon and dad was a doctor, said his parents never mentioned sex to him either. So exactly where are kids supposed to get accurate information on the topic? I guess the internet is available to many kids.

    Posted by: homer | Mar 9, 2012 7:44:02 AM

  21. Makes sense because they've had such great success with this type of legislation in the past, right? Oh wait...no. That's not the case at all. Abstinence-only education has been an abysmal failure and states that promote it have much higher rates of teen pregnancy as well as higher rates of STDs. What a bunch of troglodytes! They're so afraid of sex and sexuality, not to mention The Gays, that they refuse to learn from the mistakes made by others. Not a surprise perhaps but certainly a bloody shame.

    Posted by: Gigi | Mar 9, 2012 8:03:51 AM

  22. What Utah is doing is a clear violation of the separation of church and state. Abstinence only education puts in place the teaching of a state sanctioned religious cult over the reality of the true nature and diversity of human experience. Where this has been done it marginalizes anyone perceived to be different in anyway and legitimizes bigotry and abuse. Sadly the end result of this policy will be unwanted pregnancy, disease both mental and physical, violence against the children who are perceived as different and suicide.

    Posted by: Dave | Mar 9, 2012 9:26:28 AM

  23. What's next? Will they ban the internet, television, books other than the bible?
    Because you know, children could have access to ungodly impure informations.

    No, seriously, in which century do these people live?

    Posted by: Peter M. | Mar 9, 2012 11:37:11 AM

  24. @PaulR: What was the Supreme Court decision that bans what students can say in school? What does it apply to?

    Posted by: MichaelJ | Mar 9, 2012 1:39:11 PM

  25. This is atrocious.
    It's funny because alot of the mormons DON'T agree with this bill. A BYU PROFESSOR testified AGAINST this bill. I don't know where the hell they're getting their votes.

    Posted by: Audrey | Mar 11, 2012 3:51:58 PM

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