Fast-tracking legislation is starting early this session in our state legislature.
Take for instance, Assembly Bill 458 (AB 458) introduced this past Wednesday, 9/30, and scheduled for a public hearing in the Assembly’s Education committee this coming Tuesday, 10/6, at 9:00 a.m. Normally this type of “quick and dirty” bill handling doesn’t happen until February or so. Apparently, all bets are off in this Democratically-controlled legislature. Obviously, it’s “taxpayer/concerned citizen beware.”
AB 458, erroneously called the “Healthy Youth Act,” is a very thinly veiled attempt to do away with abstinence-centered Human Growth and Development programs in Wisconsin’s schools. Basically, even if the committee that proposes the curriculum wants to have an abstinence-centered program and recommends such to the school board, they can’t have it. AB 458 would make it illegal.
This “Un-Healthy Youth Act” requires that if a school district opts to have a Human Growth and Development program ( it’s still voluntary in WI), the program must include “medically accurate information” on such topics as “gender stereotypes,” “the health benefits, side effects, and proper use of contraceptives and barrier methods” approved by the FDA (which, of course, includes the euphemistically named “Plan B” emergency contraception). To be fair the law also requires that “the benefits of and reasons for abstaining from sexual activity” must be covered–along with all of the other “comprehensive sex ed” topics.
This proposal also requires that the program a school implements use “instructional methods and materials that do not promote bias against pupils of any race, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnic or cultural background or against sexually active pupils or children with disabilities.”
So, once again, by getting “sexual orientation” included in the above list, the homosexual advocates have prevailed. They have prevented schools from telling the truth about the dangers inherent in sexual activity with persons of the same sex. That right there makes this bill “unhealthy” for youth.
I’m starting to feel a Rep. Joe Wilson moment coming on. I want to shout, “You lie!”
Cap all this off with a provision that will allow Planned Parenthood-WI or other so-called “family planning groups” to show up and, if a school district wants to, provide all the instruction in this program to all the students. Suppose they’ll refer the students to PPWI’s “Teen Wire” or “Go Ask Alice“? (Caution: if you click on any of the sites linked on the Planned Parenthood “teen page,” be prepared to be offended.)
Yep, “Healthy Youth Act.” You betcha. Wanna buy the “Bridge to Nowhere”?