Louisiana Law Regarding Sex Education in Schools (HB 369)
This law was last updated on May 30, 2014
HB 369 would have required public school governing authorities, including those of charter schools, to provide instruction in sex education each year to students. The bill would have required that such instruction be medically accurate and developmentally and age appropriate and include the following:
- Information about human sexuality as a normal and healthy aspect of human development.
- Information stressing that abstinence is the most reliable way to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
- The health benefits, side effects, and proper use of contraceptives approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent unintended pregnancy and of FDA- approved barrier methods to prevent sexually transmitted infections.
- Information which helps students develop skills necessary to form healthy, age appropriate relationships.
- Lessons to help students develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, and stress management.
- Emphasis on encouraging students to communicate with parents about sexuality and intimate relations.
The bill would have required public school governing authorities to make sex education materials available to parents.
The bill specifies that education instruction shall not in any way advocate or support abortion.