(Courtesy of The Huff Post)
A bill that would require schools in Wisconsin to promote abstinence and marriage in sexual education classes has passed in the Senate, the Northwestern reported.
The bill, which passed 17-15 along party lines, wouldn’t bar lessons on contraception, but mandates that curricula highlight abstinence as the only reliable way to avoid pregnancies and STD’s.
The Republican-backed motion comes after Democrats passed a bill last year which regulated that sex ed lessons touch on all forms of contraception.
Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach argued against the legislation, telling FOX News that the passed bill is “taking a step back to the Flintstone era.”
The International Business Times reported that looking back on the state’s statistics support the Democrat’s opposition.
“Anecdotal evidence is mostly in Democrats’ favor. For example, in 2008, Milwaukee began to teach teens about contraception as well as abstinence, and the city’s teen birth rate subsequently dropped from 52 per 1,000 teens in 2006 to 35.7 per 1,000 teens in 2010.”
Now that the bill has passed in the Senate, it heads to the state Assembly.
Wisconsin isn’t alone in school sexual education controversy. Last month New York City rocked the boat when their department of education recommended new curriculum inform on sexual topics including everything from bestiality to phone sex and vibrators.
After parents and politicians alike launched a wave of criticism, the New York Department of Education dialed back its proposed changes, removing some of the more X-rated content including flash cards for middle schoolers which explained sex acts like anal sex and mutual masturbation.