Utah has just passed a bill which would prohibit schools to teach sex education, which as a result would also prohibit to speak about homosexuality, and instruction in the use of contraception.
By a vote of 19-10, the Senate has quickly voted for this law.
Senator Stuart Reid told Salt Lake Tribune: "To replace the parent in the school setting, among people who we have no idea what their morals are, we have no ideas what their values are, yet we turn our children over to them to instruct them in the most sensitive sexual activities in their lives, I think is wrongheaded."
"I recognize that some parents do not take the opportunity to teach in their own homes, but we as a society should not be teaching or advocating homosexuality or sex outside marriage or different forms of contraceptives for premarital sex," added Senator John Valentine.
Utah PTA president, Liz Zentner, said she was "totally shocked."
"I just can’t believe they did this," Zentner said. "I think they’re going to have to revisit it in a couple years when the teen pregnancy rates and teen [sexually transmitted disease] rates shoot through the roof."
As explains the Salk Lake Tribune, now, parents must opt their children into sex education classes if they want them to participate, and districts may already choose to teach abstinence only. Under the bill, however, districts may choose not to teach the topic at all, or, if they do teach it, they must teach abstinence only.
Currently, one does not know if the governor will sign it. One of his spokesperson said the bill would be first reviewed.