WLOX – Bill that would make kids learn abstinence over safe sex dies

JACKSON, MS (WLOX) – A bill that would change the way sex education is taught in Mississippi schools died in the legislature.

With Mississippi having the highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation, lawmakers who support this bill are disappointed.

“We have a terrible problem in Mississippi with infant mortality and with teen pregnancy, with sexually transmitted diseases,” Chairman of the House Education Committee Cecil Brown said.

House Bill 837 was known as the Abstinence Plus bill. Chairman Brown said it was less about teaching teens about safe sex, and more about teaching them self respect.

“It starts out not really talking directly about sex education, but it talks about respecting yourself living a health life.”