House Bill 88: Contraceptives lessons in abstinence programs

Posted by Debra Worley - email

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - It's not always easy for parents to have "the talk" with their kids, and it's also not easy for schools to do either.  But now, the topic of sex education is the talk of the state.

North Carolina lawmakers have passed House Bill 88 that adds lessons on contraceptives to abstinence only programs.

Abstinence-only curriculums have been in North Carolina since 1995 and has been used in most districts, but many schools are offering parents a choice of abstinence-only or a more comprehensive sex-ed program.

If parents do not make a choice for their child, the student would automatically be enrolled in the comprehensive sex education curriculum.

Supporters say it's a movement to lower teen pregnancy rates, but in districts like Brunswick County, education officials say it's the parents - not the politics - who should have the final word.

"You do have all kinds of cultures. You do have all kinds of beliefs. You're trying to make one program fit everyone," said Brunswick County Board of Education Chairwoman Shirley Babson.  "I believe if you take something at a local level, the local people know more about what they want to teach their children than Raleigh or Washington."

The Brunswick County Board of Education will discuss the sex-ed issue with the public next week.

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