After the Senate passed House Bill 1292 this morning, Colorado schools that teach sex education will likely soon be required to “at least mention” contraception, but they are free to continue to emphasize abstinence.
Is this a radical move that will result in Colorado’s children acting like those Louisiana fifth-graders last week? Hardly. But you wouldn’t know it from reading some Republicans’ reactions in the Rocky Mountain News this morning:
Sen. Shawn Mitchell, R-Broomfield, said the measure will mean a “comprehensive condom, contraception and copulation” curriculum.
Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, cited a curriculum that includes placing condoms on cucumbers, calling such lessons “disgusting classes.”
To be clear, HB 1292 does not require schools to utilize cucumbers or any other elongated produce in sex-ed classes. Democrats supporting the bill say students in this “girls-gone-wild culture” need fact-based information about sex. Secretly scouring the bras and girdles in the Sears, Roebuck catalog like former Gov. Roy Romer used to do isn’t going to cut it these days.
HB 1292 will now go to the governor’s desk.