March 13, 2002
The Internet is a powerful tool to educate people about safe sex practices and STDs, said Tony Braswell, executive director of AID Atlanta. "...We will be cheating our children out of the proper education they need to protect themselves," he said.
Despite its unanimous approval in the Senate, the bill has about a 50 percent chance of moving out of the House committee to a full House vote this session, said state Rep. Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates). "Anytime you see a unanimous vote, it means legislators haven't had time to read the bill and are just voting the way everyone else did," Drenner said.
"The impact to this bill is huge. It will obviously affect kids' ability to research important issues like HIV and AIDS, and will prevent education that would help them from getting sick," said Drenner. Kay Young, a lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union, said that even if the bill becomes law it will ultimately fail to pass legal muster. "It's a mirror of federal legislation that has already been ruled unconstitutional," Young said.