Yesterday, the Ohio House Finance and Appropriations Committee approved an amendment that prohibits explicit gateway sexual activities from being part of sex education classes in Ohio schools.
The amendment prohibits instructors from endorsing or promoting gateway sexual activities, which are very clearly and specifically defined as activities that are intended for sexual arousal. It cites the Ohio Revised Code definition for sexual contact as a synonym for gateway sexual activities. (See http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/2907.01 for this definition.)
The law does not prohibit the discussion of contraception, but the conversation must be medically accurate and cannot censor information that informs students that they can still contract an STD even with the use of a condom or contraception.
Valerie Huber, President of NAEA is encouraged by the legislation: “We applaud Ohio House members for this thoughtful legislation. It is encouraging to see public servants place the health and future well-being of youth in such high esteem. Too often, sex education classes are used to promote radical agendas that compromise teen sexual health. Some groups complain that this legislation prohibits them from providing sex education in Ohio schools. This complaint should alarm parents and citizens alike. Certainly reasonable people would agree that the classroom is no place to promote teen sexual experimentation. “
NAEA commends the action of the Ohio House and encourages a bipartisan passage of this important legislation.
For more information: The portion of the Ohio budget omnibus containing the sex education provisions can be found beginning on page 338, line 40 of HC 2065/Sub. H.B. 59 available at the Ohio House website.
NAEA is a professional association representing organizations and individuals who support a priority on risk avoidance through abstinence education. NAEA members serve students across the nation. For more information, visit the NAEA website: www.theNAEA.org and www.abstinenceworks.org.