House bill will clarify teaching about contraception in Utah schools

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As the 2019 Utah legislative session kicks off, one Utah lawmaker wants to clarify what teachers are allowed to teach students about contraceptive measures.

Representative Ray Ward (R-Bountiful) is a family physician by trade and he has cosponsored House Bill 71. The bill gives teachers options to educate student the medical characteristics, effectiveness, and limitations of contraceptive methods and devices.

Current Utah law states that teachers should be allowed to teach the medical science basics of the process but are not allowed to advocate for or against it.

Current education on the topic is decided on the school district level, with many schools only teaching abstinence.

You can view the full language of the bill here.

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