The sex ed bill clarifying what Utah teachers can say about condoms passed in the House...
The sex ed bill clarifying what Utah teachers can say about condoms passed in the House — with surprising support.
(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rep. Ray Ward, R-Bountiful, speaks on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.
By Courtney Tanner (Salt Lake Tribune) | Feb. 26, 2019, 4:25 p.m.
It’s been attacked by conservative groups for encouraging “more sex among teenagers.” And it’s been questioned by state lawmakers who worried it would take the focus of sex education in Utah away from abstinence.
But on Tuesday, the controversial bill that would clarify what teachers can say about contraception — condoms and birth control pills — surprisingly passed in the House with a unanimous vote.
“It’s somewhat astounding to me that I would get to a point where there’s enough agreement to get this through,” said Rep. Ray Ward, R-Bountiful, the measure’s sponsor.
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