COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - 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.
Pickens County State Representative B.R. Skelton says he sponsored the measure out of compassion and economic concerns.
The bill calls for teaching high school students “medically accurate and factual” lessons on reproductive health and pregnancy prevention.
Under the measure, the teacher must be certified in health education.
The law would still require that reproductive health education include lessons on abstinence. But there would also be information on contraception as a way to prevent unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases.
Dorchester County State Representative Jenny Horne disputes the notion that such education promotes risky behavior.
She says teens given accurate information on their bodies delay or avoid sex.