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Mississippi House OKs Final Version of Sex Education Bill

March 11, 2011

A bill to revise state sex education policies has passed the Legislature and advanced to the governor. HB 999 requires school districts to choose whether their sex education curriculum will be abstinence-only or abstinence-plus, which would include information about contraceptives. At present, sex education is not required in Mississippi; schools can discuss contraception only with the permission of their local school board. The Senate amended the bill to require districts choosing abstinence-plus to include information about the risks and failure rates of contraceptives; the House voted Monday to accept those changes. The measure bans classroom demonstrations of condom use, and it requires that students be separated by gender in sex education classes.

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Adapted from:
Associated Press

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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