'Abstinence Plus' Proposed as Sex Education Option

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Some Mississippi lawmakers propose letting teachers or nurses give students more information about pregnancy prevention.

On an 84 to 35 vote, the state House passed a bill Tuesday that would give school districts the option of teaching abstinence only, which is the current state policy; or a curriculum called "abstinence plus," which would still encourage students to refrain from sex but would give them information about contraception.

No one would be forced to take the sex education. Parents would have to give permission for their children to take the classes.

The curriculum also would ban any discussion of abortion as a way to prevent the birth of a baby.

Mississippi has one of the highest teenage birth rates in the nation.


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