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Senate approve abstinence for sex ed classes

March 4, 1997
By: Susan Batt
State Capital Bureau

Missouri senators voted that abstinence be stressed in sex ed classes.

Susan Batt has the story from Jefferson City.

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The issue came up in an amendment to kill the sex ed guidelines in the bill the Senate is considering.

Boone County Senator Ken Jacobs recommended the changes.

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Contents: He questions whether teachers should be teaching kids about sexual values or whether parents should be doing that.

The bill does allow parents to preview class material and to remove their child from a sex ed class.

From Jefferson City, I'm Susan Batt.

Date: March 4, 1997

By: Susan Batt

State Capital Bureau

After much debate, Missouri senators approved requiring sex ed classes to teach abstinence as the only completely effective way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Susan Batt has the story.

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Senators voted down an amendment to kill sex ed class guidelines that were contained in a bill they are considering. The proposal requires that when schools teach about birth control, they stress abstinence.

St. Charles Senator Ted House says teenage sexual promiscuity has hurt schools.

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Contents: He says these education requirements will do more to help social and economic problems in public high schools than any other bureaucratic solution possibly could.

The Senate continues to debate the bill.

From the state capital, I'm Susan Batt.


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