Posted: May 14, 2014 1:05 PM by Jason Newton
Updated: May 14, 2014 6:04 PM
BATON ROUGE - A bill to mandate sex-education in public schools was voted down Wednesday inside a House Education committee at the Capitol. Baton Rouge State Rep. Pat Smith gave an impassioned defense of her bill, that would mandate a curriculum for sex education in public schools.
"In most schools, nothing is being taught to young people about sex ed," Smith said.
Smith said that this is a way to fight high rates of STDs and teen pregnancy in the state.
Those in opposition said sex ed doesn't fix the problem.
"When you have stinky trash, you take it out," said Hilary Solet, with Louisiana Power Coalition. "By teaching sex ed, you're not taking out the trash, you're spraying the top."
The bill was eventually voted down. Rep. Smith called it hypocritical that they would vote her bill down soon after passing a bill that mandates education on sexual assault.
"We passed a sex assault bill," Smith said. "So you're going to have to teach sex ed. It's hypocritical if you're not going to."
The full House will soon vote on another bill from Rep. Smith that did get out of committee. It supports surveying teens about their sexual risk behaviors.