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A house bill will bar Planned Parenthood from teaching sex education in schools

April 25, 2006
By: Amy Becker
State Capital Bureau

Planned Parenthood's role in sex education in public schools would be limited under a bill given first round approval in the Missouri House.

Amy Becker has more from the state Capitol.

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The bill prohibits Planned Parenthood and other entities that perform abortions from teaching sex education in Missouri schools.

One supporter, Republican Representative Bryan Stevenson, says the bill will save school boards from frivilous lawsuits filed by those barred from providing materials.

Those opposing the bill say it allows important information to be with held from Missouri teenagers.

Democrat Representative John Bowman says the bill allows social values to trump science.

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Contents: Eliminating the precense of medically accurate sex educators will be dangerous and will have an immediate effect on students.

Bowman says withholding crucial information on sex education, like information on sexually transmitted diseases, could result in death if the person is uniformed.

From Jefferson City, I'm Amy Becker

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The house gave first round approval to a bill that restrict who can and can not teach sex education in Missouri public schools.

Amy Becker reports from the state Capitol.

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The bill bars anyone who performs abortions from teaching sex education in public schools.

Those in support of the bill say contraceptives and abstinance should be the main focus for preventing teenage pregnancy.

Those opposing say withholding all aspects of sex education will harm youth.

Republican Representative Rob Schaff who is also a physician says the bill provides enough information about sexual activity to protect students.

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Contents: "It is about giving information to students that is critically important, It is about truth, education, and knowledge, words that are written on the walls of this chamber.

The bill still allows a doctor or nurse to present information on the topic, as long as they have never performed an abortion.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Amy Becker.

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A house bill will bar Planned Parenthood and others who perform abortions from teaching sex education in schools.

Amy Becker has more from the state Capitol.

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The opposition call it the sex non-education bill because it limits the amount of information allowed to be provided to students.

Democrat Representative Jeanette Oxford went far enough to say the bill violates religious freedoms.

Oxford says the bill favors one religion over another and is not aggressive enough to combat sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy.

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Contents: If we do not have an aggressive medically factual, scientifically factual sex education program in our schools to help counter that, our children are left without adequate defenses in a world that gives them a lot of misinformation.

Those in favor of the bill say it is about education and the protection of youth from the dangers of sexual activity.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Amy Becker.