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Sex Education Rules Added To House Budget Bill

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Some Ohio lawmakers are concerned over a sex education amendment that was added to the House's budget bill.

The new amendment is based around teaching students abstinence rather than teaching sex education. It was part of several changes made by House Republicans.

The amendment said the State Board of Education shall require course material and instruction in venereal disease education, and additional courses should do some of the following: stress that students should abstain from sexual activity until after marriage; students should be taught that conceiving children out of wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child's parents and society.

Democratic Representative John Carney said the amendment was completely unexpected.

"It's not evidence based. There is no gynecologist out there saying this is good fundamental policy. This is the right wing's agenda," said Carney.

The amendment also includes a $5,000 civil fine if someone is found to have given a student material dealing with sex education. Carney said the fine is out of line.

"That's the maximum fine we would allow for actual sex activity with a minor by an adult. So again this is just not aligned with good public policy," Carney explained.

NBC4 tried to contact several Republicans about the amendment, but no one wanted to comment.

The Christian-based group known as Mission: America backs the amendment, saying that adult agendas are being put upon our children.

"This kind of an amendment shows true compassion and reality. It's not naive in believing that you can just throw anything at kids and it doesn't have a consequence. These things do have consequences," said Linda Harvey, president of Mission: America.

Carney said that when this bill moves to the floor, an amendment will be made to remove the sex ed portion of the bill.

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