REP. LEANNE BURCH: Fails to win endorsement of sex ed bill. A House committee late yesterday defeated SB 304 to permit school districts to offer comprehensive health courses including suicide prevention, substance abuse, tobacco and, the sticking point, pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease prevention.

In its original form the course would have been mandated. The conservative religious group Family Council fought the bill from the start, focusing on sex education. It produced a red herring — that the bill would be used to allow Planned Parenthood to provide sex education in the schools. Rep. LeAnne Burch, the House sponsor, said she didn’t even know of a Planned Parenthood sex education course and her request that one be produced went begging. The group provides comprehensive health

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