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Two Strong Sex Ed Bills & One Good Try

Two Strong Sex Ed Bills & One Good Try

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Three bills aimed at reforming the way sex education is taught in Texas schools have been filed so far this session. These bills will be featured and analyzed further at a later date, but quickly:

HB 78 is an encouraging bill that seeks to completely re-write the law that shapes sex education teaching, making changes such as requiring that it be taught, that is be age-appopriate, that information be medically accurate and that information on contraception and how it can be used to prevent unwanted pregnancies and STIs be taught.

SB 88 takes a red pen to the 1995 law governing the way sex education is currently taught in Texas, making many of the same changes as HB 78 without completely scraping the original wording. The bill largely seeks to move the law from an abstinence-until-marriage focus to an abstinence-plus focus, including providing information on the use of contraception and a very interesting change in wording from what used to imply that teen sex causes emotional trauma to state that contracting an STI can cause emotional trauma.

SB 297 makes just one change to current sex education law, requiring that educational material be evidence-based. 

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