Amendments to gutted sex education bill may be restored in House

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  • lindaj Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 14, 2012 4:29 p.m.

    If parents don't educate their children, the schools must, I think. I am quite old, having been born before WWII. My school offered sex education about various subjects: menstruation, reproductive system, what happens when an egg is fertilized and how an embryo grows (in general, in mammals, in humans) and the diseases one could catch if indulging in sex. In those days, syphillis was the horrible example, and most of us didn't do sex protected or not. The classes were segregated, girls got one set of lessons and boys another. When my grandsons got old enough, they asked me to buy them a book they'd read in someone's house. I looked at it and did buy it, about their own bodies and what was happening with the onset of puberty. We discussed some details and I said there was a book for girls too, would they like to read that? They said yes, we bought it and it was quite useful in getting them to understand how girls'bodies worked too. I did the above with permission and gratitude of their father, as their mother had died. If all parents would do that, no one would need sex ed in schools. But Utah rated very high in girls who believed they were sterile and therefore became unwed mothers, in that national survey. So someone is failing to inform and teach. Most other comments agree that is the case.Ignorance is not bliss. Abstinence is nice but sometimes doesn't suffice. Educate our children, please.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 13, 2012 6:07 p.m.

    I'm confused.

    He doesn't want materials developed outside the school system - such as the ones developed by Planned Parenthood - used, but he also doesn't like the ones developed by the school district because they actually show condoms.


    Has ever even looked at the PP ones? I have.
    You know what they say? They say that it is really important to talk with your parents about the values of your family and discuss any questions you may have with them. They talk about respecting yourself and good decision making. Yes, they talk about both abstinence and birth control and sexually transmitted diseases - but they in no way advocate sex before marriage.

    It would be great if the only time anyone engaged in sex was when they were married and wanted to get pregnant. But that is not the way it is in the real world and pretending like it is is a disservice to our children.

  • Lets think Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 13, 2012 2:00 p.m.


    The legislature passes a law stating that starting in first grade and continuing through the 12th grade teachers must tell the students where babies really come from. Bunnies put them under cabbage leaves and mommies go to the green house to pick out their babies. No birth control needed for that. Of course, another law would be needed that prohibited parents for letting their children watch TV, go to movies, listen to music, look at magazines or read great literature. The perfect solution.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Feb. 12, 2012 8:10 p.m.


    It isn't just unmarried teens that need to learn about contraception.

  • jrgl CEDAR CITY, UT
    Feb. 12, 2012 7:38 p.m.

    What happens if we leave it up to the parents & the parents teach nothing? This happened to me. Both parents never said a word and many of my friends had the same situation too, in Utah no less. I learned what I know from the 5th grade maturation program, 8th grade health class & high school biology. Do we really want to go back to the days when a young lady might get her first menstruation & think she is bleeding to death? Do we want teens to believe misinformation? I believe in abstinence education, but even in marriage it's a good idea to learn about contraception to prevent children so closely spaced together that the mothers health is in danger, not to mention the financial burden. All of us know of those teens who get pregnant in high school. The problem is that parents don't talk to their children about the birds & the bee's enough. Education is important in this day & age regarding the human reproduction system. We live in the age of Aids and other diseases too. Already, parents can opt out of the sex ed. Don't hurt the kids whose parents keep mum!

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    Feb. 12, 2012 5:45 p.m.

    People have survived THOUSANDS of years without formal sex education,

    so why the special need now?

    To suggest there is a special need is dishonest.

    We must not let the extreme left's desire for government take over of parenthood and the ultimate destruction of the institution of family.

    RE: one old man

    Who, other than the parent, has the best interest of the child? This is all about having someone other than the parent make decisions for what is in the best interest of the child, and it is not anyone you named.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Feb. 12, 2012 2:55 p.m.

    Re: Orem Parent | 9:48 a.m. Feb. 12, 2012
    "I am as Mormon as they come but"

    Yes, people always like to modify their convictions with a "but".

    So what do the Mormons in your community believe about abstinence and moral cleanliness? What you are saying is that it isn't a bad thing to abstain from sex before getting married ..... but .... if you're going to fool around don't forget to remember contraception and practice "safe sex".

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 12, 2012 12:32 p.m.

    Pandering to Gayle Ruzika and the Eagle Forum is not in the best interest of Utah's children.

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Feb. 12, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    I am as Mormon as they come but to not teach about contraception is ridiculous.