A bill passed by Utah's House of Representatives gives schools a choice: Teach sex education that's all about not having sex, or drop sex ed. The bill, which allows schools to skip sex education, and bars those that keep it from discussing contraception, was passed 45-28 after a heated discussion about morality, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. All 17 of the chamber's Democrats voted against it, along with 11 Republicans.
Attempts to water the bill down and make sex education abstinence-centered instead of abstinence-only were defeated. Asked what an abstinence-only sex education course would involve, the bill's sponsor suggested lessons on friendship, dating, and love, reports the Deseret News. "Why don't we just be honest with our children and tell them right up front that sex outside of marriage is devastating?" he asked. The bill now heads for the state Senate.