Ohio House Vote Nears On Sex-Ed Restriction

Members of the Ohio House are poised to vote on a abstinence only sex education amendment inserted in their version of the state budget.(Photo: .)
Members of the Ohio House are poised to vote on a abstinence only sex education amendment inserted in their version of the state budget.(Photo: .)

A pro-abstinence sex education amendment inserted into Ohio’s state budget appears headed to a floor vote Thursday in the Ohio House.

The proposal, sponsored by House Health Chairman Lynn Wachtmann, bars educators from promoting “gateway sexual activity” or distributing contraceptives on school property.

It also requires instructors to endorse abstinence from sex as the only way to remove all risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Violators could be sued and face civil penalties of up to $5,000.

Wachtmann told The Columbus Dispatch it was “pretty much” an abstinence-only rule.

The provision mirrors a Tennessee law enacted last year that was spurred by a classroom demonstration involving a sex toy. Difficulty among Tennessee lawmakers to define “gateway sexual activity” prohibited under the law gained it the “no holding-hands bill” nickname.

Comments
  • Andy

    This is a travesty if it passes. Humans have sexual desire built-in. It doesn’t come from learning about it in school. It’s how the species survived and continues to this day.

    There are objective studies that prove that proper sexual education reduces unwanted teenage pregnancy and the spread of STDs among teenagers.

    This form of prohibition is just another example of legislating morality. Right or left, evangelical or atheist, you must admit that is wrong.