Colorado Senate Votes to Dump Abstinence Education in Classrooms

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 6, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 6
, 2007

Denver, CO ( — The Colorado state Senate has approved a bill that would take abstinence-only education out of the classroom and replaces it with curriculum that places just as much emphasis on sexual education. The measure, House Bill 1292, allows abstinence to be taught but only if combined with other approaches.

Rep. Nancy Todd is the main sponsor of the bill, which has already received approval from the state House.

If the measure becomes law, only the school district in the San Luis Valley town of Center would be able to continue its abstinence education program because it’s the only one in the state to receive a federal grant for its program.

Republicans in the legislature opposed the bill saying that county school districts should have local control over their own curriculum without control from the state.

“You want to restrain the state when it comes to overseeing reading, writing and arithmetic but you are all for jumping into comprehensive condoms, consummation and copulation,” Sen. Shawn Mitchell, a Broomfield Republican said. “It makes no sense.”

Colorado isn’t the only state going after abstinence education.

Ohio Governor Ted Strickland wants to cut out state funding for abstinence education — a move that is drawing criticism from pro-life groups and legislators. The pro-abortion Democrat has proposed a new budge that entirely eliminates the $500,000 the state normally spends annually on encouraging kids to practice abstinence.

Also, lawmakers in the Iowa and Washington state legislatures are pushing bills that would force schools to teach sexual education courses with curriculum prepared by the nation’s largest abortion business.

The Washington Senate passed a bill by a 30-19 vote and the Iowa House approved a bill 55 to 40.