The Texas Lege To Tackle Sex Education Again: Grab Some Popcorn And Get A Good Seat

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The Great Pumpkin doesn't have a penis, Charlie Brown
A Texas legislative session with a slew of freshman representatives brushed with the fervor of the Tea Party movement must surely be like red meat on a platter for groups like the Texas Freedom Network.

The Texas Freedom Network has emerged as one of the most vocal opponents of the State Board of Education's ongoing culture wars. Of late, they've also turned their attention to bills filed by some of the more energetic members of the freshman class of the 83rd Legislature, most of them in the Texas House.

Yesterday, Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, announced his bill, House Bill 1057, that would require students to opt in, rather than opt out, of sex education classes. Then, as a kick, Leach also added language that would stop any abortion provider from offering any sort of sex education instruction in public schools.

Take that, Planned Parenthood. Dan Quinn, communications director for the Texas Freedom Network, was quick with a rejoinder. Quinn said House Bill 1057 would make it harder, not easier, to teach effective sex education in a state that already has one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation.


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