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HB 363 - Requiring Abstinence-Only Sexual Education in Public Schools - Key Vote

Utah Key Votes

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Legislation - Vetoed (Executive) -

Title: Requiring Abstinence-Only Sexual Education in Public Schools

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (19-10) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Abstinence-Only Sexual Education in Public Schools

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires abstinence-only sexual education in public and charter schools.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits the State Board of Education from recommending any classroom materials other than “abstinence only instructional materials” for human sexuality instruction or instructional programs (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes charter and local school boards to adopt either the abstinence only instructional materials recommended by the State Board of Education or different abstinence only instructional materials that comply with state requirements (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that charter and local school boards are not required to provide instruction in human sexuality (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “abstinence only instructional materials” as those that teach the following concepts (Sec. 1):
    • Abstinence from all sexual activity before marriage and fidelity after marriage as “the only sure” methods for preventing “certain communicable diseases”; and
    • Personal skills that encourage abstinence and fidelity.
  • Defines “human sexuality instruction or instructional program” as any course, unit, class, activity, or presentation providing instruction or information about the following (Sec. 1):
    • Sexual abstinence;
    • Human reproduction;
    • Reproductive anatomy;
    • Reproductive physiology;
    • Marriage;
    • Childbirth; or
    • Parenthood.
  • Prohibits human sexuality programs from including instruction in or “advocacy” of the following (Sec. 1):
    • The use of contraceptive methods or devices;
    • Homosexuality;  
    • Sexual activity outside marriage; or
    • The “intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation, or erotic behavior”.
  • Requires a parent education component in abstinence only instructional materials, in which materials are made available to parents to assist them in providing instruction to their children (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (45-28) - (Key vote)

Title: Requires Abstinence-Only Sexual Education in Public Schools

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires abstinence-only sexual education in public and charter schools.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits the State Board of Education from recommending any classroom materials other than “abstinence only instructional materials” for human sexuality instruction or instructional programs (Sec. 1).
  • Authorizes charter and local school boards to adopt either the abstinence only instructional materials recommended by the State Board of Education or different abstinence only instructional materials that comply with state requirements (Sec. 1).
  • Specifies that charter and local school boards are not required to provide instruction in human sexuality (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “abstinence only instructional materials” as those that teach the following concepts (Sec. 1):
    • Abstinence from all sexual activity before marriage and fidelity after marriage as “the only sure” methods for preventing “certain communicable diseases”; and
    • Personal skills that encourage abstinence and fidelity.
  • Defines “human sexuality instruction or instructional program” as any course, unit, class, activity, or presentation providing instruction or information about the following (Sec. 1):
    • Sexual abstinence;
    • Human reproduction;
    • Reproductive anatomy;
    • Reproductive physiology;
    • Marriage;
    • Childbirth; or
    • Parenthood.
  • Prohibits human sexuality programs from including instruction in or “advocacy” of the following (Sec. 1):
    • The use of contraceptive methods or devices;
    • Homosexuality;  
    • Sexual activity outside marriage; or
    • The “intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation, or erotic behavior”.
  • Requires a parent education component in abstinence only instructional materials, in which materials are made available to parents to assist them in providing instruction to their children (Sec. 1).
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Requires Abstinence-Only Sexual Education in Public Schools

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