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Published March 13, 2012 12:34 pm

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- Veto sex ed bill: Parents will thank governor - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Utah legislators could have outlawed premarital sex. Instead, they did something even loopier and more dangerous. They passed a bill that would ban public schools from teaching about the use of contraception. Instruction would stress only abstinence before marriage. Or, schools could drop sex education entirely. Gov. Gary Herbert should veto this bill, HB363.Why dangerous? Because most teenagers have sex outside of marriage, and it is morally irresponsible for Utah legislators to deny them the knowledge about intercourse and contraception that is critical to sexual responsibility. When young people have sex in a bubble of ignorance, the consequences can be devastating: unintended pregnancy, disease, broken hearts, even violence. ...

- Poll: Most Utah voters back teaching birth control in schools - Lisa Schencker, The Salt Lake Tribune

If Gov. Gary Herbert wants an opinion on whether to sign a recently passed sex education bill, he has plenty to choose from: Lawmakers have made their cases, more than 35,000 people have signed an online petition urging Herbert to veto the bill, and various groups have taken sides.On Monday, a new Brigham Young University poll joined that list. The poll shows that 58 percent of 472 voters surveyed agree or strongly agree with the statement, "Public schools in Utah should teach about the use of contraceptives." ...

- Fight Birth-Control Battle Over the Counter - Virginia Postrel, Bloomberg View

... making the pill available over the counter could reduce the amount of outrage and invective available for entertaining radio audiences, spurring political fundraising and otherwise amusing the American public. But the medical risks are quite low. ...

- Utah law enforces intolerant sex education - University of Houston Daily Cougar Editorial

- Political culture war on women has real, dire consequences - New Jersey Star-Ledger Editorial

But, then, editorial writers may have other reasons for favoring sex education and contraception.