By The Associated Press 

The Hattiesburg American–March 8, 2011

JACKSON — The Mississippi House sent a sex education bill to the governor.

Under the bill, districts must choose to teach either abstinence only or “abstinence plus,” which includes health information about contraceptives.

The House voted Monday to accept changes the Senate had made to the bill. The changes included requiring schools that choose to teach more than abstinence to include information about the risk and failure rates of contraceptives.

The bill also requires that students are separated by gender in the classes and prohibits any demonstrations on the use of condoms.

Current law says school districts are not required to teach any kind of sex education. Schools may now teach abstinence only, but need local board permission to teach about contraceptives.

If you are curious, the bill is House Bill 999.

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