My Civic Duty
I attended a political rally yesterday.
HB 363 would force local public school to teach abstinence only sex education or teach nothing at all. Discussion of contraception would be forbidden, as would any mention of homosexuality. As a parent who believes that abstinence is the best way to avoid STD’s and unwanted pregnancy, as well as emotional distress, I find this bill to be unnecessary. Current state law allows parents to opt out of an sex education. Parents can also limit what discussions their children can be involved in, including abstinence education. Currently, only 3% of parents opt out. This bill is needlessly restrictive. The Governor should veto this awful legislation.
More frustrating and frightening is the proponents of the bill attempting to marginalize those who oppose the legislation.They have questioned our residency, calling our petition “bogus’ and our numbers exaggerated.
Yesterday I saw people from many walks of life-business men and women, conservatives, liberals, independents, children, blue collar workers, stay at home parents, grandparents, great grandparents. A panorama of Utah was present. All of them wanting the same thing-the right to decide what children learn. I took photos as you can see…
This being my first political rally, I didn’t know what to expect.
Next time, we should all go together.