Senate Bill 1100: Prevention Works
March 15, 2009
The purpose of the bill is to reduce unintended pregnancies and curb the spread of sexually transmitted infections by expanding outreach for family planning services, ensuring accurate and effective sex education in public schools, and keeping parents fully informed about the content of their child’s sex education instruction.
It proposes to achieve this by:
- requiring HHSC to implement the education and outreach necessary to meet the goals they said were obtainable in their waiver plan to the feds;
- requiring that contraceptive use, if it is taught, must be taught in terms of “typical use rates” as well as “perfect use rates” with an emphasis on the reason those rates differ; and
- expanding the requirement that school districts notify parents of the content of sex education classes, so that parents are fully informed of Texas law as it applies to sex education instruction. This includes notifying parents in writing about the distinction between abstinence-only and comprehensive sex education (and which type of education their child is receiving) and providing information about parental involvement in the development of sex education curriculum.
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