SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) – Ask your nearest teenager – some high school kids are getting pregnant and contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
Under the current school code in Illinois, schools which teach sex education should emphasize abstinence. But a bill passed in the House would – according to its sponsor – use the correct terminology, the most accurate statistics, and more. Some lawmakers did not agree with the legislation.
“To be truly safe they need to practice abstinence until they are in a monogamous, married relationship,” State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) said.
State Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook) supported the bill, saying it would help against teen pregnancy and STD rates.
“I frankly find it troubling that we’re discussing and debating whether medically accurate and age appropriate information is appropriate. Because that kind of medically accurate, age appropriate information is always relevant and always welcome,” Nekritz said.
Other lawmakers expressed disapproval of possibly mandating schools to teach this. The bill’s sponsor said schools would still have the option to choose what to teach the students and parents would still be allowed to opt-out their children.
HB 2675 passed the House, 66-52.