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Jail for Sex Ed?

Wisconsin teachers are warned that teaching students about contraceptives could result in criminal charges!

In February, Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle signed a law requiring schools that teach sexual education to use a comprehensive approach. In March, County District Attorney Scott Southworth sent a letter to area school districts warning that health teachers who tell students how to put on a condom or take birth-control pills could face criminal charges.

Specifically, they would be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months behind bars and a $10,000 fine. He said it would be promoting sex among minors, who are not legally allowed to have sex in Wisconsin.

Southworth provided no evidence that comprehensive sex ed increased the likelihood of teens having sex, but did point out other districts who continue to struggle with high teen pregnancy rates despite comprehensive sex ed. Sexual education experts say that many factors influence a teens’ decision to become sexually active and support a comprehensive approach.

Tell us what you think, should sexual education include a comprehensive approach or be abstinence only? And should these teachers be afraid of going to jail for teaching about birth control?

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