On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate passed a bill, 17-15 along party lines, that requires public school teachers “to promote abstinence and marriage over contraception in sex education classes.” Currently, Wisconsin sex education classes must include the use of contraception in sex education curriculum.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the bill will remove the contraception requirement and “instead mandate that schools teach that abstinence is the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and disease. The benefits of marriage would also have to be taught.”
The Republicans argue that they “are trying to back away from the bill passed last year that we feel mandated sex ed that was too nonjudgmental, too explicit and at too young an age.”
State Sen. Jon Erpenbach (D) said that Wisconsin “was taking a step back to the Flintstone era.”