FACT CHECK: Wide Misinformation About Sex Ed Bill

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Here are some samples of inaccurate statements from respected sources about the sex-ed bill that’s under consideration by state lawmakers. Read the bill text here.

FALSE: State Rep. Mark Baisley (R-Teller) was quoted as saying: “It’s a violation of the First Amendment to the constitution by telling the school districts that you won’t talk about anything having to do with religion.” Former State Sen. Kevin Lundberg put it more bluntly on Facebook post. where he called the bill a “manifesto for rigidly requiring all schools receiving public funds to a new morality that is bereft of any actual morals.”

TRUE: The bill states specifically that it does not “prohibit discussion of moral, ethical, or religious values of individuals as they pertain to human sexuality, healthy relationships, or family formation.” Plus, parents can opt-out of sex ed for their kids, under Colorado law.

FALSE: A prominent sub-headline in The Denver Post Stated, “‘If you’re for House Bill 1032, then you’re for exposing 9-year-olds to sexually explicit techniques,’ one father said.’

TRUE: As reported by ColoradoPolitics’ Marianne Goodland: “Several witnesses incorrectly said HB 1032 would require teaching sexually explicit techniques to children as young as 9 years old (it wouldn’t) or that schools would teach sex ed without input from parents (state law already allows parents to opt out).

FALSE: “Basically, they bring Planned Parenthood in to teach your kids about everything,” State House Republican Leader Patrick Neville told KNUS. “

TRUE: No mention of Planned Parenthood in the legislation.

FALSE: State Rep. Paul Lundeen (R-Co Springs) told KVOR radio, “The way this thing is written, it’s vague enough to be applied to very, very young children.”

TRUE: The bill states that information should be “age-appropriate.”

 This post was  Corrected due to error By the author regarding a headline from 9 news


6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    What? No RWNJ outrage about teaching/recruiting for da gayz? Maybe Colorado IS making progress.

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    Is there anything RWNJs enjoy more than lying about any sex education that might help prevent unintended pregnancies, or disease transmission, or affirming when you can say, “no” (as in always, to anyone)???

    . . . Fuxsakes. What?  Is the only place it’s appropriate to learn about sex pedophile clergy???

  3. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    False: This will help children avoid STDs.
    True: Every child attending class will get a free gun.

  4. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Planned Parenthood was listed as the big advocate for this bill in the alert from the Centennial Institute. Probably where Neville got his mis-information.

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