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Gov. Perry Pushed to Add Sex Ed to Special Session

PHOTO: Opponents rallied at the State Capitol as abortion restrictions were turned back, only to be brought back to the forefront when Gov. Perry immediately called a second special session. Photo credit: Lauren Gerson.
PHOTO: Opponents rallied at the State Capitol as abortion restrictions were turned back, only to be brought back to the forefront when Gov. Perry immediately called a second special session. Photo credit: Lauren Gerson.
July 10, 2013

AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Senate is expected to take up abortion legislation today as the second special session continues. Gov. Perry has said he wants to make abortion in the state a thing of the past, but Dan Quinn, communications director, Texas Freedom Network, said the best way to do that is through reducing teenage and unwanted pregnancies with comprehensive sex education.

"If Gov. Perry really wants to reduce abortions in Texas, the best way to do that is to make sure that young people get information on birth control, as well as abstinence, in their sex education classes."

Texas has one of the highest teen birthrates in the country, with 52 births per 1,000 teenaged girls.

Polling shows that more than 80 percent of Texans support teaching about birth control along with abstinence in high school. However, Quinn said, comprehensive sex ed is not currently being taught statewide, because the issue turned political years ago.

"In 1995, the state passed a law requiring school districts to emphasize abstinence, and in many cases, school districts have taken that as a requirement to teach abstinence only. In fact, that's not required," he said.

More than 5,000 Texans have signed a petition calling on Perry to add passing effective sex education policies to the current special session agenda.

More information is available at http://1.usa.gov.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - TX