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  • The Canyon Independent School District, a school district in Texas, has been teaching their middle-school students a wildly discredited sexual abstinence curriculum that states sex before marriage is equivalent to being a used tooth-brush or a chewed-up piece of gum. "Reality Check," the curriculum in question, also teaches students that “it can be physically, emotionally, and financially harmful” if someone has sex before marriage and that any type of sexual activity before marriage means you are no longer a virgin. The fact that this was being taught is one thing, but parents were intentionally kept in the dark about the curriculum by the district administration.
  • Utah has passed a bill (HB363) that makes it illegal to talk about premarital sex, sexuality in general, homosexuality, and contraception, even in terms of preventing sexually-transmitted diseases, in any public school setting. The bill reads: "Human sexuality instruction or instructional programs may not include instruction in, or the advocacy of, the intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation, or erotic behavior; homosexuality; the use of contraceptive methods or devices; or sexual activity outside of marriage." This bill basically means that the only way a teacher can inform a student about sex, if they are allowed to talk about sex at all, is to promote abstinence only until marriage.

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