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Condom lessons for 6th-graders approved

April 9, 2008

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Condom lessons for 6th-graders approved Abstinence education critic says instruction doesn’t ‘go far enough’ Posted: February 14, 2008 12:31 pm Eastern © 2008 WorldNetDaily Another Florida school district is planning to give its 6th-graders lessons in how to use contraceptives, starting in April, a move that Planned Parenthood is promoting in the state. WND earlier reported when the St. Lucie school board adopted a sex-ed curriculum that included a field trip to buy condoms, although district officials there decided not to use that lesson after parents objected. Now officials in Palm Beach County have decided to teach their 6th-graders the use of contraceptives such as condoms, according to a report in the Palm Beach Post. “Florida is the sixth-highest in the nation for pregnant teens, and that tells us we need to get information to our students,” Judy Klinek, who oversees health education for the district, told the newspaper. Since Florida law requires abstinence-based education, 6th-graders in the past have learned about sexually transmitted diseases and taught how to resist pressure to engage in sexual behavior, the report said. (Story continues below) Now, however, students will get “detailed” lessons in contraceptives, a move that is part of a larger effort to make such lessons mandatory statewide. “[The Florida Planned Parenthood abortion providers are] proud to work with Sen. Ted Deutch, D-30, and Rep. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, D-109, to introduce the Healthy Teens Act (SB 848, HB 449) during the 2008 Legislative session,” the groups’ website said. “The Healthy Teens Act protects Florida’s teens by requiring that public schools receiving state funding provide comprehensive, medically accurate, and age-appropriate factual information when teaching about sexually transmitted infections.” The website specifically listed AIDS and pregnancy among those “sexually transmitted infections.” “One of the lessons & gives tips on how to store and use condoms and encourages teachers to invite a medical professional to demonstrate their use. Students also will be told where to get more information on contraceptives,” the newspaper report about Palm Beach County said. The changes are being installed, officials reported, because they believe introducing children to contraceptives and their use will impact the county’s rates for teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. The health department said births by mothers 19 or younger totaled 462 in 2004 and 506 in 2006.

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