Utah legislators could have outlawed premarital sex. Instead, they did something even loopier and more dangerous. They passed a bill that would ban public schools from teaching about the use of contraception. Instruction would stress only abstinence before marriage. Or, schools could drop sex education entirely. Gov. Gary Herbert should veto this bill, HB363.
Why dangerous? Because most teenagers have sex outside of marriage, and it is morally irresponsible for Utah legislators to deny them the knowledge about intercourse and contraception that is critical to sexual responsibility. When young people have sex in a bubble of ignorance, the consequences can be devastating: unintended pregnancy, disease, broken hearts, even violence.
To suggest, as some legislators do, that all children need to know about sex is not to do it until they are married is absurd. Humans are genetically selected to have sex. It's nature's prime directive. Have the puritans in the Legislature walked the halls of high schools? Have they never heard of raging hormones?