Policy & Politics
Tennessee: Abstinence-Centered Bill Passes Senate 28-1
April 6, 2012
By a 28-1 vote on Thursday, the Tennessee Senate passed a bill requiring that "family life education" be "abstinence-centered" -- emphasizing that abstinence means refraining from "any kind of sexual contact." The legislation, whose companion bill awaits action by the House Education Committee, emerged as an alternative to a proposal to ban the teaching of gay issues in elementary and middle schools. Sen. Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) sponsored the measure; Sen. Beverly Marrero (D-Memphis) cast the only dissenting vote, noting that the issue should be "left to parents and school boards."
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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