Madison–“There are so many dangerous aspects to AB 458, the so-called “Healthy Youth Act,” that it’s difficult to know where to start,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, “but the bill’s ‘government knows best’ attitude is the root of the problem.”
Yesterday the Senate passed AB 458, 18-15, on party lines with all the Democrats in favor and all the Republicans opposed. The Republicans offered six amendments, only one of which the Democrats passed.
The bill would require all school districts in Wisconsin that elect to have a Human Growth and Development program, which is the vast majority of districts, to teach the misnamed “comprehensive sex ed” approach, including the proper use of barrier methods of contraception. Among other significant changes, the bill does away with the current requirement that schools with Human Growth and Development programs must present abstinence until marriage as the preferred behavior choice for unmarried students, while requiring that all instructional methods and materials be free of “bias” as it relates to several categories including, sexual orientation and sexually active students.