Ohio sex education resources in demand post-Roe – Ohio Capital Journal

by | Nov 3, 2022 | Education

In a state with no consistent sex education standards, some Ohio groups are working with schools to get students the needed education, and even building programs for parents to have the tools they need to talk about it with their kids.
With the fall of Roe v. Wade leading to battles over the right to abortion in the state, educators have seen an increase in requests for pregnancy prevention classes, but they say a comprehensive look at sexual education, and health education overall, would be more beneficial as students navigate their own health. 
Ohio stresses abstinence-only sex education as a general policy, with $2 million from the last state budget, House Bill 110, going toward abstinence-only education.
Parents must be notified about certain subjects being taught in the programs. There is an opt-in/opt-out policy for lessons on sex education, specifically HIV and healthy relationships education, and any material outside of mandated sex education. For healthy relationships education, materials must be made available to parents for review.
In the Ohio Revised Code language on curriculum development in the state, sex ed is still referred to as “venereal disease education.”
Course material and instruction, according to Ohio law, must “stress that students should abstain from sexual activity until after marriage;” “teach the potential physical, psychological, emotional, and social side effects of participating in sexual activity outside of marriage;” “teach that conceiving children out of wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the child’s parents, and society;” “advise students of the laws pertaining to financial responsibility of parents to children born in and out of wedlock;” and “emphasize adoption as an option for unintended pregnancies.”
If a bill introduced before the Ohio Legislature went on summer break is successful, further regulations c …

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