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Wisc. to Require Birth Control Instruction in Schools

Saturday, 13 Feb 2010 03:55 PM

MADISON, Wis.  -- Wisconsin schools would have to teach how to properly use birth control as part of sex education classes under a bill that passed the Legislature.

Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, says he supports the bill. The new requirement would take effect for the 2010 school year.

The measure passed the Senate on a partisan 18-15 vote, with all Democrats backing it and Republicans against it. The Assembly passed it on a partisan vote in November and in late January agreed with a change made by the Senate, thereby sending it to the governor for his approval.

Supporters say the bill was needed to help reduce teen pregnancies. Opponents argue it was sending a message that sex was OK as long as birth control is used.

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