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Wednesday, April 17 2013, 08:12 PM EDT
House Debates Teaching Abstinence, Not Sex in Classrooms
DAYTON -- The Ohio House Finance Committee approved a two-year budget, that included prohibiting sex education teachings from endorsing anything other than abstinence in their classrooms.

"When we had prohibition with alcohol that that didn't work, if we don't teach kids about drugs and alcohol they're going to use them anyway and without any knowledge, the same thing with sex ed," said Joy Manning, a Physical Education and Health Department Chair at Kettering Fairmont High School.

Manning has been teaching for more than 30 years. She was shocked at the amendment. 

"Definitely teach abstinence first and then move from there but I do think there are situations where the students need to know what kind of things that can happen and what they can do to prevent," Manning explained.

Under the amendment, sex education classes will not include any information that may condone sex or passing out contraception. 

"If you're leaving it to the streets or to the parents who aren't really there then they're going to suffer and we're going to have more teen pregnancies, we're going to have more STDs," said Lashell Pryor of Dayton. 

Which is why many parents I spoke with hope this amendment doesn't stay in the budget.

"There are no restrictions, and if there's no education it's going to be out of hand. It's going to cost state, federal so much money, unbelievable," said Kamlesh Trivedi, a Centerville resident.

"I know plenty of parents that don't consider talking about that stuff with their children and to rely on the schools to provide that I think that's very important," said Shonta Greathouse, a parent of two in Huber Heights.

Also important to these parents, electing officials who care about our kids.

"We can keep these congressman from flying all over the world on their little boondoggles, I think that we better invest in our future with our children," said Sue Riggs of Riverside.

ABC 22/FOX45 News made calls to the House Finance Committee, which were not returned. If the budget passes, teachers who violate the law face up to a $5,000 fine. The house will vote on the proposal Thursday. House Debates Teaching Abstinence, Not Sex in Classrooms

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