Bill would update sex education in SC schools

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two Republican legislators say South Carolina's 25-year-old law on sex education must be updated to decrease teen pregnancy and the generational poverty it brings.

Rep. B.R. Skelton said at a news conference Tuesday he sponsored the measure out of compassion and economic concerns.

The bill calls for teaching "medically accurate and factual" lessons on reproductive health and pregnancy prevention to high school students. Under the measure, the teacher must be certified in health education.

The law would still require that reproductive health education include lessons on abstinence. Lessons would also include information on contraception as a way to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.

Rep. Jenny Horne disputes the notion that such education promotes risky behavior. She says teens given accurate information on their bodies delay or avoid sex.

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