BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A measure to allow the state education department to survey students on sex-related risk behaviors has narrowly advanced to the Louisiana House for debate.
The House Education Committee voted 7-6 Tuesday for the bill by Baton Rouge Rep. Pat Smith, a Democrat. Supporters say it would help address Louisiana's high rate of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
The bill would allow the addition of nine questions related to sex health to a survey that tracks teens' behaviors. Louisiana currently prohibits the survey from including questions on sex, with opponents arguing the ban protects a parent's right to educate their children on the matter.
Smith also wants to require sex education in schools. The committee considers that proposal Wednesday.
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