Bill would define holding hands, kissing as "gateway sexual activity" Do you agree?
MEMPHIS, TN -(WMC-TV) - Tennessee senators approved an update to the state's abstinence-based sex education law that includes warnings against "gateway sexual activity."
In a new family life instructions bill, holding hands and kissing could be considered gateways to sex. Planned Parenthood said that allowing state government to define local sex education curriculum could backfire.
According to a 2009 Youth Risk Behavior Study, 61 percent of Memphis City high school students and 27 percent of middle school students have had sex. That's higher than the national average.
Planned Parenthood said these numbers are why a new sex education bill promoting abstinence is not realistic.
"If the state of Tennessee gets to create the curriculum, it has to create something that umbrella reflects everyone," said Planned Parenthood Director of Education Elokin CaPese.
Tennessee House Bill 3621 and Senate Bill 3310 are currently up for debate.
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