Sunday, January 01, 2006
Nodler bill would change sex education in state
Any information about contraceptives, abortion or pregnancy would have to come from "designated family practitioners" and not from teachers if a bill sponsored by Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, is passed.
Currently, 170.015.RSMo says that course materials shall "Present students with the latest medically factual information regarding both the possible side effects and health benefits of all forms of contraception, including the success and failure rates for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases."
If Nodler's bill, SB 776, passes, that would be changed to read, "Inform students that medically and personally relevant information regarding contraception, abortion, and pregnancy may be available from their previously designated family practitioner under section 167.611, RSMo.
Other additions under the Nodler bill would require:
-All curriculum materials "used in human sexuality instruction" must be made available for public inspection (that has always been the case), "as well as provide the names of the instructors and the instructors' affiliations to any entities involved with human sexuality instruction, at least one week prior to the use of such materials in actual instruction or presentations by such instructors."
-No school district or charter school can permit a person to provide materials or instruction "if such person or entity is a provider of abortion services."