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Ohio House panel wants to prohibit teaching about "sexual gateway activity"
The amendment would ban topics including masturbation from being taught in sex ed classes
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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The Ohio House has put an amendment in the state budget that is already sparking controversy. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports on what’s being called the "sexual gateway activity" amendment.

Ohio House adds amendment to budget that bans sexual gateway activity

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The amendment would require teachers to endorse abstinence as the only failsafe way to avoid pregnancy and STDs. It also would prohibit them from them from teaching about any behavior that might be considered a "sexual gateway activity," such as masturbation.

The State of Tennessee passed a similar bill recently and it was known as the hand-holding bill. Opponents, including Kellie Copeland with NARAL Pro Choice Ohio. says it sends Ohio back to 1950’s thinking.

“Once again, this Legislature is completely out of touch with Ohioans.”

Supporters say they're trying to protect children. 

If the amendment becomes law, teachers who talk about gateway sexual activity could face a $5,000 fine, and they could be sued by a student's parents for damages -- and face a civil fine. 

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Right, because children won't ever know about masturbation unless we teach them.


Posted by: Liz (Lakewood) on April 17, 2013 10:04AM
Why is 1950's thinking a bad thing? Back then there was a marvelous word - respect. I do not see much respect for anyone anymore, let alone self respect. Abstinence until marriage (or at least until becoming an adult) gives our youth a chance to really see what self respect is. It also shows respect for a future marriage partner that one saved a most precious gift for the wedding night - a pure self, free from STDs and pregnancy. Respect is NOT discrimination for one person, idea or object above another.

It appears Kellie Copeland and others from NARAL delight in our pregnant daughters so they may murder our grandchildren.

Which solution appeals to you more?


Posted by: Ellyn (Medina) on April 17, 2013 10:04AM
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