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Comprehensive sex education legislation passes Senate

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Reducing teenage pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS, is the focus of legislation that passed the Illinois Senate today.  

House Bill 2675, sponsored by State Senator Heather Steans (D – Chicago), ensures students who currently receive sex education instruction are taught medically accurate information, placing a strong emphasis on abstinence but also including information on contraception methods.

“Protecting students from the potential lifelong consequences of unsafe sex practices is vital,” Steans said.

Under House Bill 2675, school districts that do not teach sexual education instruction will not be required to begin a sexual education program. In addition, districts will retain the ability to select their own curriculum giving parents the option to exclude their children from sex education courses if desired.  

House Bill 2675 now heads to the governor’s desk for his approval.

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