SB 450 Modifies provisions relating to sexual education
Sponsor: Justus
LR Number: 0274S.01I Fiscal Note not available
Committee: Education
Last Action: 3/13/2013 - Second Read and Referred S Education Committee Journal Page: S522
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Effective Date: August 28, 2013

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SB 450 - This act provides that any course materials relating to human sexuality shall not only be medically and factually accurate, but shall also be age appropriate and based on peer reviewed projects that have been demonstrated to influence healthy behavior. The course instruction shall also present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior in relation to all sexual activity as the only sure way to avoid pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections. The students shall also be presented with information about the health benefits and side effects of all contraceptives and barrier methods as a means to prevent pregnancy and to reduce the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections or other diseases as well as information regarding the vaccine for the human papillomavirus.

The instruction shall also help the students gain knowledge about the physical, biological, and hormonal changes of adolescence and subsequent states of human maturation. In addition, the students shall be encouraged to communicate with their family regarding sexuality. This act also requires instruction on the dangers of sexual predators, including online predators as well as the effects of electronic media on sexuality and relationships.

This act also repeals the prohibition on abortion providers providing human sexuality instruction and instead provides that a school district shall make all curriculum materials and names and affiliations of presenters used in the school district available for public inspection.

This act is identical to SB 800 (2012).

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