South Carolina’s New Sex-Ed Laws

This country’s sex-ed laws have been all over the place lately. Recently, Ohio banned teachers from even mentioning second base during sexual education lessons, and the debate of whether or not distributing condoms is appropriate in schools has been heated for some time now.

South Carolina is the latest state to make some changes to their sexual education laws, but these changes are actually going to change programs for the better.

South Carolina lawmakers are pushing for an update on the state’s 25 year old sex ed law to mandate that teachers give students lessons on STD transmission and how to prevent teen pregnancy.

The curriculum would of course still stress the important of abstinence (South Carolina is a conservative state after all) but the lessons will no longer be abstinence-only teachings.

According to the proposed bill, all teachers will be required to take sex ed certification training to make sure that they give their students the most medically accurate info possible.

Voting for this bill has been postponed, but South Carolina lawmakers are confident that this change is a step in the right direction. Right there with you, guys. According to the Associated Press, state representative Jenny Horne, who is a Republican, believes what research about abstinence-only education has confirmed time and time again:

Simply telling teenagers not to have sex, doesn’t work. Horne believes that giving young people accurate information about their bodies and desires is far more effective in influencing them not to get ahead of themselves.

Do you agree?

Ally Batista | Elite.

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