Illinois Comprehensive Sex-Ed Bill (HB 2675)

This law was last updated on Sep 15, 2016


State

Illinois

Number

HB 2675

Status

Current

Proposed

Feb 21, 2013

Topics

Sex Ed and Abstinence Only

Full Bill Text

www.ilga.gov

HB 2675 amends the School Code and the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act.  The bill makes changes to provide that each class or course in comprehensive sex education offered in any grades 6 through 12 shall include instruction on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.  It also makes changes to provide for all public schools that teach sex education in grades 6 through 12 shall emphasize that abstinence from sexual intercourse is a responsible and positive decision.  Schools are no longer required to emphasize that abstinence is the “expected norm.”

HB 2675 creates a standard for sex education courses taught to students in grades 6 through 12 as medically accurate, as well as developmentally and age appropriate.  School districts that do not currently provide sex education are still able to opt-out of teaching sex education.

Under this law, the State Board of Education will make available resource materials.  Individuals, not just parents and guardians, will be allowed to examine the instructional materials to be used in courses.

The law provides the the Comprehensive Health Education Program will now include evidence-based and medically-accurate information regarding sexual abstinence, instead of information on sexual abstinence until marriage.

STATUS

Signed into law by Gov. Quinn on August 13, 2013.


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