I support Wisconsin Bill 458
Pro life advocates are against it. Family Planning advocates are supporting it.
This bill would require school districts who offer sex education classes to include instruction in contraception use and discuss sexually transmitted diseases, neither of which are now taught.
Here is an excerpt of some of the topics that the bill would require to be included in health classes:
*skills to make responsible decisions about sexuality and sexual behavior throughout the pupil’s life span;
*the benefits of and reasons for abstaining from sexual activity;
*the health benefits, side effects, and proper use of contraceptives and barrier methods approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections;
*methods for developing healthy life skills, including setting goals, responsible decision making, communication, and stress management;
Parents would have the opportunity to review the material and opt out of the class for their child.
Do those topics sound dangerous to you? Do you think kids want to know? I know they do. I hear the questions they have. I see the girls who are pregnant. I see what it does to their lives. I know many of those babies could be at risk.
Pro-life says that this would promote promiscuity. I disagree.
When has educating anyone with facts become a bad thing? We are struggling with the media promoting sex to children. We have an alarming number of teenage pregnancies. We have children having children. We have more and more children living in poverty. We have many teenagers who don't know fact from fiction concerning reproduction and how to prevent pregnancies. "Just say no," or solely teaching abstinence, isn't working.
Here is the rest of the bill (pdf) if you care to read more.
If you have children, especially teenagers, there is an excellent website you should introduce to them. It offers information on any health topic that may be of interest to your child and is reviewed by M.D.s. It covers swine flu, how much sleep you need, acne, tattoos, piercing, healthy weight, exercise, you name it. It is written so that they can understand it.
Review it first, I'm certain you will approve. Sometimes kids don't feel comfortable talking with their parents about topics that embarrass them. The website is http://kidshealth.org/