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Ohio House Bill 189

Effective date March 18, 1999

This bill requires that venereal disease education emphasize abstinence from sexual activity as the only 100% effective protection against unwanted pregnancy and transmission of the AIDS virus and other sexually transmitted diseases.

It also mandates that the State Board of Education require course materials and instruction in venereal disease education to cover certain topics pertaining to abstinence and sexual activity outside of marriage.  The bill requires the State Board of Educationís minimum standards to include course materials which teach that:
  • Students should abstain from sexual activity until after marriage.
  • There are potential physical, psychological, emotional, and social side effects of participating in sexual activity outside of marriage.
  • Conceiving children out-of-wedlock is likely to have harmful consequences for the child, the parents and society.
  • Sexually transmitted diseases are serious possible hazards of sexual activity.
  • There are laws pertaining to the financial responsibility of parents to their children who are born out-of-wedlock.
  • According to Ohio law, It is illegal under certain circumstances to have sexual contact with a person under the age of 16.
The act requires any competency-based model for health education adopted by the State Board of Education to conform to these requirements.

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