Last month Illinois legislators passed House Bill 3027, a sex education law permitting teachers to educate students on both contraception and abstinence. While the bill does not make sex ed a requirement in all schools, it does broaden the spectrum for what information is allowed in the curriculum. Prior to the passing, only abstinence education was taught as a way to prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
The Associated Press reported that the new protocol allows teachers to incorporate "age-appropriate" and "medically accurate" materials as a way to help teens protect themselves. Parents would be given the option to review the course before deciding whether to allow their child to participate.
Legislators opposed to the law claimed it would have no effect on the incidence of teen pregnancy and STD cases.
What do you think? Should contraception be part of sex education? Would you permit your child to take part in the course?