State Lawmakers Discussing Current Sex Education in Schools

Staff Report

NewsWest 9

Some Texas State lawmakers believe the State's current sex education law isn't getting the job done.

A number of Democrats believe the State's current law that focuses mainly on abstinence-only instruction is not enough for teens.

Senator Rodney Ellis of Houston and Representative Joaquin Castro of San Antonio have introduced legislation they say would give teenagers complete, medically accurate and age appropriate information.

The State of Texas has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in the United States of girls between 13 and 17 years old.

"We can all agree that abstinence is worth the wait. But we have to ask ourselves if an abstinence-only policy is worth the rate of teenage pregnancy that we see in Texas? I think that the answer is no," Texas Representative Joaquin Castro (D), from San Antonio, said.

This proposal would give parents an option to allow their child to take part or not take part in the sex-based education.