Parents and conservative activists in the Bay State are vowing to fight an effort by state lawmakers to pass a controversial sex-education program.
The Massachusetts Senate last week approved the controversial "Healthy Youth Act" (S.2113) on a 31-6 vote. While some supporters are touting the bill mandates such things as "age-appropriate" information and "media literacy education," Andrew Beckwith of the Massachusetts Family Institute says it would wrench control of the curriculum – largely supplied by Planned Parenthood – away from parents and give sole discretion as to how this will be taught to state bureaucrats.
"This will set up a paradigm with parents," the family advocate explains. "If they object to what's being taught, if they go to local teachers, local school committees or local administrators and complain, those educators will just throw their hands up in the air, point back to the State Department of Education, and say, It's the law. We can't do anything about it."
According to Beckwith, this mirrors what happened with the bill two years ago. He says opponents of the legislation are working hard to see that it doesn't get out of the House once again.
"It will go to the House – that's the next stop for the bill; and obviously we're disappointed that it passed in the Senate," he tells OneNewsNow.
"But ... two years ago, at the end of last session in 2015 ... it went to the House but was never taken up for a vote or a debate – and we're hoping the same will happen this session."
Under the Senate-approved version, parents can opt their children out of the curriculum. Beckwith says conservatives tried in vain to get an opt-in requirement – a requirement that a leading proponent of the bill admitted during debate would effectively "gut the bill" if included.