Thursday, October 20, 2011

Republican Sen. Galloway Proposes State Requirement for Abstinence Only as a way to bring back "Local Control?"

Thank god the Republican legislature is all about “local control.”

That’s what almost every argument starts with when it comes to ditching current policy with one size fits all big government Republican policy. Tell me if this is really what Sen. Pam Galloway calls going back to local control:
Republican state Sen. Mary Lazich and Sen. Pam Galloway would roll back an existing state law that prohibits school districts from teaching abstinence-only sex education programs. Galloway said the new bill is intended to give control over curriculum back to local school boards. "The Healthy Youth Act was a one-size-fits-all approach," Galloway said.

So here’s the upside down, inside out, down the rabbit hole, through the looking glass supposed return to local control, as envisioned by big government Republicans (hint: notice the word “requires”):
The new bill requires districts that opt to provide sex education to present abstinence as the only sure way to prevent pregnancy or STDs. Schools could opt to provide information about birth control.

That’s local? A state mandate by Republicans to require abstinence only in sex ed., is not a one size fits all approach? So Galloway and Lazich want to change the current approach that allows schools to include abstinence as an option, which they do anyway, while providing a broader curriculum. Brilliant! Here's WKOW's coverage: 

But is there broad support for the Republicans proposed changes? Let’s see….
Opponents of the bill packed a committee hearing in Madison Wednesday, arguing that the measure would increase teen pregnancy and disease rates.

Can find it here….

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