Indiana Law Regarding Sexuality Education in Schools (SB 454)
This law was last updated on Dec 12, 2014
SB 454 would have required instruction in public schools and accredited nonpublic schools on human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases to be based on information that is factual, medically accurate, and age appropriate. In addition, the instruction would have had to satisfy the following criteria:
- Be appropriate for use with pupils of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and pupils with disabilities.
- Encourage pupils to communicate with the pupils’ parents about human sexuality.
- Teach respect for marriage and committed relationships.
- Teach that abstinence from sexual intercourse is the only certain way to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
- Provide information about the effectiveness and safety, including the health benefits and side effects, of all contraceptive methods in preventing pregnancy and reducing the risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases.
- Provide pupils with skills for negotiating intimate relationships and making and implementing responsible decisions about sexuality.
- Be appropriate for pupils who choose to be abstinent and for those who have been or are sexually active.
Parents would have had the right to review course materials and excuse their children from all or parts of the instruction.