Thursday, September 11, 2008

SEX ED to KINDERGARTENERS--the facts please

You will see ads from McCain on Obama approving the teaching of sex education to kindergarteners. Obama's campaign and his suppporters will tell you these are total lies and fabrications. So, what are the facts?

At a Planned Parenthood Event in 2007, on November 20th, Obama spoke at a Planned Parenthood event, and he said this about Alan Keyes, who was his opponent in the Senate race in 2004.

OBAMA: "I remember him, uh, using this in his campaign against me, saying, "Barack Obama supports teaching sex education to kindergarteners." (laughter) And, you know, which -- I didn't know what to tell him. But it's the right thing to do."

So from OBAMA'S own lips, on video, in front of an audience we have OBAMA stating the SEX EDUCATION to KINDERGARTENERS is the RIGHT THING TO DO.

Here is more: " the actual bill in Illinois that Obama voted for that proscribes "comprehensive sex education" taught in grades K, six through 12. Here is the excerpt: "Each class or course in comprehensive sex education offered in any of grades K, six through 12; shall include instructions on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections including the prevention, transmission, and spread of HIV. Nothing in this section prohibits instruction in sanitation, hygiene, or traditional courses in biology."

"Steve Gilbert at the Sweetness& blog has found the original text here of the legislation. It was Illinois General Assembly Senate bill 0099, An Act Concerning Education. What this copy actually shows is that the bill was specifically changed to include kindergarten. Originally the bill was just grades six through 12. In this copy the number six is crossed out and the capital K representing kindergarten is in place of it. So it actually reads: "Each class or course in comprehensive sex education offered in any of grades K 6 through 12 shall include instruction on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including the prevention, transmission and spread of HIV." It originally said AIDS, AIDS is crossed out, and it says HIV. So the crossed-out language was dropped from the bill, the underlined words were added in the bill, and it was originally not to include kindergarten. It was specifically changed to include kindergarteners in comprehensive sex education, and Obama did vote for it.

Sen Hilary Clinton stated at the time: " she believes it’s up to parents to decide how to handle such topics."

So, the facts are there was a bill, voted on yes by Obama that included sex education K-12th grade.