Legislature approves abstinence-only education

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Teachers would be prohibited from instructing students about contraceptives, homosexuality or premarital sex under a bill that has passed the Utah Legislature.Republican Sen. Margaret Dayton of Orem says students should be taught that abstinence is the only way to prevent sexually-transmitted diseases or pregnancy.Dayton says lawmakers need to make it clear that an abstinence-only curriculum is the only acceptable method for sexual education.House Bill 363 passed the Senate 19-10 Tuesday and is now awaiting Gov. Gary Herbert’s signature.Democratic Senate Minority Leader Ross Romero of Salt Lake City says schools should encourage abstinence but also help students understand the dangers of sexual activity and how to protect themselves.

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