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Bill To Expand Colorado Sex-Ed Standards Advances

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Colorado State Capitol (credit: Jason Hussong)

Colorado State Capitol (credit: Jason Hussong)

DENVER (AP) — Revamped sex-education standards have now passed both chambers of the state Legislature, despite complaints from Republicans that the new standards could encourage sexual activity and infringe on parental rights.

The bill would create new statewide standards for teaching abstinence and safe sex. Parents would be required to opt out, instead of the current requirement that they approve participation for their children.

The bill passed the Senate Monday on a 20-15 party-line vote. The Senate made a few changes to the bill, including a requirement that sex-ed programs must stress the importance of abstinence.

The Senate changes mean the House will have to reconsider the measure before it can become law.

LINK:  House Bill 1081

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