September 9, 2008

NO WONDER HE USUALLY JUST VOTED "PRESENT":

McCain criticizes Obama vote on sex ed legislation (CHRISTOPHER WILLS, 9/09/08, Associated Press)

As a state senator in Illinois, Obama voted for the sex education bill in committee in 2003, but he was not a sponsor.

The measure said schools offering sex education must include medically accurate information appropriate to the age of the students. The lessons were to cover the consequences of unprotected sex, the effects of various forms of contraception and the option of abstinence.

It also would have allowed parents to pull their children from sex education classes if they wished.

The full state Senate never voted on the bill.

The following year when Obama ran for the U.S. Senate, Republican Alan Keyes tried to make an issue of the sex-education vote, but it never gained traction with Illinois voters. Obama defended the idea of giving kindergarten pupils some basic information - that babies aren't brought by a stork, for instance - but said those decisions should be left to local school officials and parents.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 9, 2008 9:42 PM
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