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State House backs restrictions on sex education

By The Associated Press
Published On: Feb 06 2013 05:43:36 PM MST
Helena Capitol Summer
HELENA, Mont. -

The House is backing a proposal to require parental permission before students can attend sex-education classes in schools.
    
Social conservatives are trying again to place limits on local sex-education policies they believe are teaching bad morals. A similar bill cleared the Legislature in 2011, only to be vetoed by then Gov. Brian Schweitzer.
    
The House endorsed the measure 54-43 on Wednesday in an initial vote. Democrats were joined by a few Republicans in opposing the measure.
    
Opponents said parents can currently opt not to let their children participate in sex education. They argued the proposed law is more burdensome by requiring opt-in permission.
    
House Bill 239 would also ban any organization that provides abortion services from assisting with sex education in school