What and how much children should learn in school about sex and contraception varies from person to person. Senators debated whether a sex-ed bill requiring birth control and STD’s in the curriculum should become law. “This bill makes sure that if a school is teaching sexual health education then the classes must be age appropriate, medically accurate and complete,” bill sponsor State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) said.
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State Sen. Linda Holmes (D-Aurora) stood in support of the legislation saying, “My parents preached, talked, suggested abstinence as the ideal method. However, while they did that I just have to ask, Did I listen?” There was plenty of opposition for the bill. Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) said her problem with the bill is the lack of local control in schools. State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon) said, “Government should protect its citizens and promote prosperity. But as in this case government is doing its best to change our culture by law.” Another argument against the bill is that schools should only teach abstinence. HB 2675 passed both the House and Senate and is waiting for the governor’s action.