CA education bill: HIV is A-OK

Friday, June 5, 2015
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

A California assemblywoman wants teachers in the state to speak more positively of the HIV and AIDS epidemics. 

Californians are questioning why Assemblywoman Shirley Weber would propose a bill that de-emphasizes the dangers associated with HIV and AIDS.

Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute says politicians are free to support an agenda and spin an issue in their favor.

"It's another thing," he says, "when they translate this into legislation that is a direct threat to the health, safety and lifestyle of our youths."

California is No. 2 in the United States for HIV-positive cases, the federal Centers for Disease Control reports

The legislation easily cleared the Assembly Education Committee on a 6-to-1 vote and Dacus predicts the controversial measure will be passed.  

Breitbart News, reporting on AB 329, quoted from the proposed sex-education text for seventh through 12th graders:

This instruction shall emphasize that successfully treated HIV-positive individuals have a normal life expectancy, all people are at some risk of contracting HIV, and the only way to know if one is HIV-positive is to get tested.”

The CDC website also reports that HIV-positive patients are living longer with proper treatment but there is no mention of a normal life expectancy. 

Approximately 1.2 million people are living with HIV, and the disease spreads to approximately 50,000 people annually, two-thirds of them homosexual men.

Dacus, Brad (PJI)The California bill would also require all public schools teach sex education regardless of what individual districts think is best.

Dacus says the legislation is an example of "big government" trying to gain more power over local government, in this case local school districts and concerned parents.

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