HB 7: "An Act relating to sex education, human reproductive education, and human sexuality education."

00 HOUSE BILL NO. 7 01 "An Act relating to sex education, human reproductive education, and human sexuality 02 education." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 14.30.361 is amended by adding a new subsection to read: 05 (e) A program in sex education, human reproductive education, or human 06 sexuality education under this section 07 (1) must be age-appropriate and medically accurate; 08 (2) must include current information regarding 09 (A) the physiological changes that occur during adolescence 10 and subsequent stages of human development; 11 (B) pregnancy and parenting, including 12 (i) that the life of an unborn child begins at conception; 13 (ii) prenatal development; 14 (iii) childbirth;

01 (iv) the financial and emotional responsibilities of 02 raising a child; and 03 (v) that parenting is a lifelong commitment; 04 (C) exposure to sexually transmitted diseases, including the 05 human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, 06 human papillomavirus, and hepatitis; 07 (3) must include a curriculum that teaches 08 (A) skills necessary for a student to remain abstinent and 09 maintain good sexual and reproductive health; 10 (B) information regarding the involvement and responsibility 11 of males and females in making decisions about sexual activity; 12 (C) abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice for 13 unmarried students because it is the only 100 percent effective way to prevent 14 pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and it is effective in preventing 15 the emotional trauma associated with adolescent sexual activity; 16 (D) that a preadolescent or adolescent who engages in sexual 17 activity may suffer emotional or psychological consequences because of the 18 sexual activity, that sexual activity out of wedlock is likely to have harmful 19 psychological or physical effects, and that there may be social, psychological, 20 or health benefits to abstaining from sexual activity; 21 (E) the importance of 22 (i) communication between a student and parent about 23 sexuality and abstinence; and 24 (ii) becoming self-sufficient before engaging in sexual 25 activity; 26 (F) that sexual activity increases the likelihood that a student 27 will drop out of school because of a sexually transmitted disease or unplanned 28 pregnancy; 29 (G) abstinence from sexual activity as the expected standard for 30 an unmarried student and a mutually faithful and monogamous relationship 31 within a marriage as the expected standard for sexual activity; and

01 (H) the potential results of adolescent sexual activity, including 02 (i) that bearing a child out of wedlock is likely to have 03 harmful consequences for the child, the child's parents, and society; and 04 (ii) the process and advantages of adoption, including 05 the adoption of a child with special needs; 06 (4) may not include instruction in, or advocacy of, 07 (A) the intricacies of sexual intercourse, sexual stimulation, or 08 erotic behavior; 09 (B) homosexuality; 10 (C) gender identity or expression; 11 (D) the use of contraceptive methods or devices; 12 (E) sexual activity out of wedlock; 13 (F) means or methods that encourage the violation of criminal 14 law; 15 (5) may not teach or promote religious doctrine in violation of 16 AS 14.03.090; this does not preclude the discussion of moral, ethical, or religious 17 views related to sexual activity.