Mississippi: Senate Passes Amended House Sex Education Bill
March 7, 2011
Under a bill passed Thursday by the state Senate, Mississippi's 152 school districts would have to declare by July 1, 2012, whether they take an abstinence-only or abstinence-plus approach to sex education.
The Senate amended the House-passed version, adding a provision stating that while contraceptives could be discussed, their use could not be demonstrated. Lessons mentioning contraceptives would have to include their risks and failure rates. The Senate also changed the inclusion criteria for sex education classes from "opt-out" to "opt-in," meaning parental permission would be required for participation.
Clarion Ledger (Jackson)
03.04.2011; Molly Parker
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