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Legislature watch: The sex edition ...

Published February 27, 2012 9:54 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

- Reckless ignorance: No-sex-ed bill is asinine - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

Just when you thought the archaic, reckless attitude toward sex education of a group of conservative Utah legislators couldn't get any worse, it does.In debating and amending Rep. Bill Wright's misguided HB363, the House made it even more onerous and then passed the new, more insidious version.If HB363 were to pass the Senate and become law, Utah children would become still more ignorant about the workings of their own bodies and more vulnerable to disease and unwanted childhood pregnancies and abortions.Whether Wright, a Republican, and his Eagle Forum collaborators want to admit it, knowledge is the only sure weapon that parents and educators have to arm young people against harmful sexual practices. Pretending that teenagers will have no interest in sex if it is not taught in school is simply asinine. ...

- Pols' sexual hang-ups - Ogden Standard Examiner Editorial

If Utah state Rep. Bill Wright, R-Holden, and 44 of his House colleagues have a problem dealing with sex, can't they find counseling for their hang ups? We don't care what they do to themselves, but why do they have to inflict their dysfunctions on Utah teens in public schools? ...

- Let Utah voters, not legislators, decide on sex education for their kids - Peg McEntee, The Salt Lake Tribune

Sex education in Utah schools has always been regarded with deep suspicion in some quarters, most recently by Republican Rep. Bill Wright, the Sutherland Institute and, of course, the Utah Eagle Forum.Now that merry band wants to eliminate any word of contraception in public and charter school health classes and focus exclusively on abstinence before marriage and fidelity after.I'm sorry, but that's just nuts. ...

- Condom conflict - Los Angeles Daily News Editorial

... Why is there still a contraception controversy in 2012? What's the point of further debate about the wisdom of contraception? Wasn't this generally settled in the last century, before any of today's teens were gleams in their mothers' and fathers' eyes? ...

- An unpleasant test that saves lives - Oregonian Editorial

Ooops. Sorry. That one is about colonoscopies, not contraception. Oh, well, maybe we'd all better get one, before the Utah Legislature bans those, too.