Wis. Assembly To Take Up Abstinence Education Bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers are taking on a bill that would make teaching about contraception optional in sex education curriculum around the state.

The state Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bill Tuesday. The legislation would stress abstinence education.

Supporters say it gives school districts control over how they teach children in their communities. Opponents say it would force conservative ideology into the state’s schools.

The bill passed in the Senate last year. If it clears the Republican-controlled Assembly, the measure would then go to Gov. Scott Walker.

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  • Austin

    Whats fair is fair.I support this bill.

    • jackactionhero

      So you think that kids should be taught about sex, but not how to prevent pregnancy and disease?

      Can I ask why?

  • gene

    it worked for the palin family.

    • jackactionhero

      You have evidence that the Palins didn’t want their kids being taught about birth control?

      Let’s see it.

  • Tom

    Another nutty idea from the Right! They are wasting their time!

    • GH

      Why is it nutty to teach CHILDREN not to have sex? They have no business participating in such an adult act. It may not help keep all kids from having sex, but if it stops even one kid from getting knocked up or catching something then it’s worth it.

      • Honest

        Because it’s ridiculous to assume that teenagers will “abide” by that stupid bill. Their hormones are saying one thing while the people in power point fingers and say something else. Whether you LIKE it or NOT, they do it. You CAN NOT STOP IT. You can either accept that fact and offer them education and services to help prevent pregnancies..or you can get your panties in a twist, call them names when YOU are the one at fault for not being aware of the inevitability of what you can’t control. So, get out of the 50’s..and realize that your ideology is just like that era. A thing of the past.

      • Tom

        @ GH

        it is sort of like trying to tell your kids not to drink or smoke, what are the odds they are going to listen to you. And Like “Honest” told you this is 2012 not 1950.

        • GH

          So the idea is that since they are going to do it we should just allow it? So if kids are going to drink anyway we should just remove laws that punish them for that? Should we just put smoking areas back in schools for kids?
          What a horrible way of thinking. I’m not saying it will stop all kids from having sex, but if we can at least teach them that they do have self control and it is in their best interest to use it then we’ve done our jobs.

          • jackactionhero


            How many teenagers do you have? 0?

  • Tom

    But maybe they can ask Bristol Palin to come to Wisc to testify about Abstinence after the fact!

  • Peace

    Why aren’t parents responsible for teaching their kids right from wrong such as whether to have sex after school or at parties? Schools should just be teaching anatomy and how the body works, not whether you should shack up with your class mates or not.

    • Honest

      Because you have ignorant parents who think kids shouldn’t know. They say, “No, my child won’t learn about sex” and then wonder why their child is taken advantage of sexually. If we left things up to parents alone, we’d have a VERY large spectrum of perceived realities and things would be very difficult. Sex IS part of anatomy. It’s biology. Having school teach children what it is.and what we do and what we can do about it is called EDUCATING THEM!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S WHAT THEY DO!!!

  • G Dog

    Why does Walker just change the name of the state to North Mississippi?

    • Bill Mo

      Awesome, so true.

      Next up for Wisconsin, worst state for education ,most people on welfare…

      There is a new scientific journal article out, it shows how people who are racist and and not very well educated, are most likely conservatives…

      • Matt

        There won’t be welfare in Wisconsin, They will just put people to death who can’t afford to live.

  • Sam

    Look at the numbers regarding teen pregnancy and STD rates. Look at the difference of these rates between states that have abstinence-only education and states that have comprehensive sex ed.

    Abstinence is the best way to avoid both pregnancy and STDs. However, teens are always going to make mistakes. The question is, are they going to have a shred of intelligence while making the mistake, or are they going to seriously mess up their lives?

    Think about it: When they’re driving, you don’t want your kid to drive stupidly. You don’t want them to get into an accident. But don’t you want them wearing their seat belts when the accident happens?

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