ACTION ALERT: “NO OPT-OUT!” House Bill 105 would Block Parents from Protecting Their Children in Public Schools
Under the guise of child sexual abuse and violence prevention, Ohio lawmakers are working to pass an undefined “age-appropriate” comprehensive sex education mandate for all students in grades K-12, with no option for parents to opt their children out of the program.

Already passed by the Ohio House with an 86-8 vote, Erin’s Law (House Bill 105) has a number of critical issues: 

  1. There are no specified standards to determine what is “age-appropriate.” 
  2. Parents are not permitted to opt their children out, even if they disagree with what is being taught. 
  3. There are no requirements or specifications for who can create the curriculum.
  4. There are already laws in Ohio addressing dating violence and abuse prevention for teachers and students.

“While no responsible adult would oppose preventing sexual abuse, House Bill 105 appears to be yet another wolf in sheep’s clothing,” said David Mahan, Policy Director at Center for Christian Virtue. “HB 105 doesn’t specify any curriculum to be used or even what organizations would be selected to join the task force. The bill only specifies that the task force will force their brand of instruction on sexual violence—and sexuality in general—upon children as young as kindergartners.”

“Just a quick review of other states’ Erin’s Law task forces reveals that they consider it a best practice to integrate their curriculum into the same controversial comprehensive sex-ed programs that parents all across Ohio have been fighting to remove from their schools.”

This “best practice” integration model of sexual violence prevention includes not only instruction on safe and unsafe touch, but also sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender roles and stereotypes. 

In fact, the number-one provider of comprehensive sex education curriculum is the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), the parent organization of Planned Parenthood. SIECUS’ motto is literally “Sex ed for social change.”

Additionally, the National Sexuality Education Standards K-12 Advisory Committee currently includes:

  1. The President and the Director of Public Policy for SIECUS
  2. The Director of National Education Initiatives for Planned Parenthood Federation of America
  3. The Vice President and the Director of Education and Outreach for Advocates for Youth, a strategic partner of Planned Parenthood
  4. The Director of Training and Curriculum Development for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

“If you want to see how these sex-ed programs are teaching children about the cornerstone sexual violence prevention topic of CONSENT, just watch Planned Parenthood’s video on consent for a perfect example of why it’s important to not only pay attention to WHAT public schools are teaching our children, but WHO is doing the teaching, and HOW.”

TAKE ACTION NOW TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN

Your Ohio lawmakers need to know that HB 105 will not protect our children from sexual abuse, but will both expose children to explicit sexual content and deny parents the right to direct the upbringing of their children. Take 30 seconds to send your lawmakers an email urging them to protect our children and parents’ rights by voting NO on HB 105!

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