Boy, that was quick.
A provision to promote abstinence-only education inserted into Ohio’s state budget earlier this week was stripped out yesterday.
The Ohio House voted 76-19 yesterday to drop the provision from the budget.
The amendment to the state budget bill was sponsored by Rep. Lynn Wachtmann (R-Napoleon). It would have directed teachers to emphasize abstinence in sex education and prohibited mention of any “gateway sexual activity,” defined as:
Any touching of an erogenous zone of another, including without limitation the thigh, genitals, buttock, pubic region, or, if the person is a female, a breast, for the purpose of sexually arousing or gratifying either person.
Teachers who didn’t comply, or accidentally slipped a reference to a banned topic, could have fines of up to $5,000.
An abstinence-only education advocacy group called the provision “very, very wise.”
The Ohio Education Association called it “ludicrous:”
“This proposal is likely to cost school districts across the state many thousands of dollars just to make an ideological point,” [spokeswoman Michele Prater] said.