(KCPW News) The Utah Parent Teacher Association says Utahns are being misinformed about the controversial sex education bill that state lawmakers passed during the 2012 legislative session. HB 363 requires that schools teach abstinence-only sex education, or none at all. President Liz Zentner says groups and lawmakers who support the bill are telling people the current curriculum being taught in schools is prepared by Planned Parenthood and advocates self-stimulation, “alternative lifestyles” and abortion.
“This is absolutely wrong and if there is anybody that’s doing this, they would lose their job,” she says. “That is against the law. The problem that we have with this is that the information that’s going out to some of these groups that are supporting the bill is wrong.”
An online petition urging Utah Governor Gary Herbert to veto the bill has garnered more than 38,000 signatures over the past week, but groups like the Utah Eagle Forum and Sutherland Institute call it bogus because of the lack of verification.
Paul Krueger, the Utah resident who created the petition, says SignOn.org has removed the fictitious names that have been added. He argues it’s just another way for Utahns to express their distaste for the bill.
“I hope the governor takes this seriously. I think it would be a disservice to the people of Utah for him not to listen to all of the opinions and I think it would be a serious disservice to the youth and our public school system to pass this law,” he tells KCPW.
A rally against HB 363 is scheduled for today at the State Capitol at 5 o’clock. Governor Herbert tells KCPW he will decide whether to sign or veto the bill by next week.