Texas: Sex Education Bill Going Nowhere
May 7, 2009
A comprehensive sex education bill has essentially died in the Texas House, said its sponsor, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio). The measure, HB 741, would have required state public schools to include discussions on contraceptives in addition to emphasizing abstinence.
Rep. Rob Eissler (R-The Woodlands), chair of the Public Education Committee, said he has not brought HB 741 up for a vote and does not plan to. Though Eissler said it could have cleared the House, the measure's chances in the Senate and then the governor's office were "very doubtful."
Texas has the third-highest teen birthrate in the nation. While state schools are currently not prohibited from teaching about contraceptives, they must stress abstinence as the preferred method.
Dr. Janet Realini, a nationally recognized teen pregnancy prevention expert who helped craft HB 741, called the bill's failure to pass out of committee a "shame, because there's a lot more positive things that Texas could do to help reduce teen pregnancy and STDs."
San Antonio Express-News
05.06.2009; Michelle De La Rosa
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