Utah Governor Vetoes Anti-Sex Education Bill


While the debate over women's health care rages in statehouses across the country (including Idaho), the governor of Utah drew the line Friday on a controversial bill that tried to ban public schools from teaching contraception as a way of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

Utah's Republican-controlled Legislature passed House Bill 363, which also sought to bar instruction on homosexuality.

But Utah Republican Gov. Gary Herbert stopped the bill from becoming law, saying proper sex education in public schools was "an important component" to supplement education at home.

"If H.B. 363 were to become law, parents would no longer have the option the overwhelming majority is currently choosing for their children," said Herbert. "I'm unwilling to conclude that the state knows better than Utah's parents as to what's best for their children."