SENATE BILL No. 311
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 20-18-2; IC 20-30-5-13.
Synopsis: Use of medically accurate information in school instruction.
Requires instruction in accredited schools on human sexuality or
sexually transmitted diseases to be based on information that is factual,
medically accurate, and age appropriate.
Effective: July 1, 2008.
January 10, 2008, read first time and referred to Committee on Education and Career
Second Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2008)
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SENATE BILL No. 311
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 20-18-2-4.5; (08)IN0311.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 20-18-2-4.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
1, 2008]: Sec. 4.5. "Factual information" includes, but is not limited
to, statements that:
(1) are contained in medical, psychological, scientific, or
(2) are based on empirical, statistical, or scientific methods;
(3) are generally accepted as accurate and objective by the
leading organizations in those fields.
SOURCE: IC 20-18-2-11.5; (08)IN0311.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. IC 20-18-2-11.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA
CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS
[EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2008]: Sec. 11.5. "Medically accurate
information" means information supported by the weight of
research conducted in compliance with accepted scientific methods
and recognized as accurate and objective by leading professional
organizations and agencies with relevant expertise in the field.
SOURCE: IC 20-30-5-13; (08)IN0311.1.3. -->
SECTION 3. IC 20-30-5-13, AS ADDED BY P.L.1-2005,
SECTION 14, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2008]: Sec. 13. (a)
Throughout instruction on human sexuality
or sexually transmitted diseases, an accredited school shall:
(1) require a teacher to teach abstinence from sexual activity
outside of marriage as the expected standard for all school age
(2) include in the instruction that abstinence from sexual activity
is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy,
sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health
(3) include in the instruction that the best way to avoid sexually
transmitted diseases and other associated health problems is to
establish a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the
context of marriage; and
(4) include information about sexually transmitted diseases,
including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired
immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS).
(b) Instruction on human sexuality or sexually transmitted
diseases required by subsection (a) must be based on information
(2) medically accurate; and
(3) age appropriate.