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Wis. Senate to debate abstinence education

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin state Senate plans to vote on a bill that would require sex education classes in schools to stress abstinence over contraception.

The proposal up for a vote today in the Senate has been derided by Democrats and others as irresponsible. The measure would undo a Democratic-backed law that passed when they were in control of the Legislature two years ago.

That law requires sex education classes teach contraceptive use as part of a multi-faceted curriculum.

The bill up for a vote would remove the contraceptive instruction requirement and instead mandate that schools teach that abstinence is the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and disease. The benefits of marriage would also have to be taught.

The measure is support by anti-abortion groups and the Wisconsin Catholic Conference.

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