'Free condoms for kids' law raises hackles

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

student in libraryVermont may be violating its own laws as it promotes promiscuity among the state's youth.

Earlier this month, Vermont's Republican governor, Phil Scott, signed into law a measure that calls on schools to provide condoms to secondary school students – which includes children as young as 12. Sharon Toborg of the Vermont Right to Life Committee tells OneNewsNow there are a number of concerns about H.663 – the first being that the legislation takes parents "out of the picture," she shares.

In some schools there had been a parental "opt out," but according to Toborg that appears to disappear with passage of the new law.

"Under Vermont law, sexual activity by anyone 14 years old or younger always constitutes a violation of [state] law. It is defined as sexual assault under Vermont law," she emphasizes, "and to have our public schools aiding and abetting that when it is a violation of Vermont law is very concerning."

She argues that if a child is engaging in intimacy, someone needs to ask questions – such as, are they being victimized? But Toborg says that won't happen.

"Unbelievably, not only are they giving out the condoms in schools, they actually loosened our mandatory reporting of sexual assault statute to make sure that school personnel don't have to report giving condoms out to 12-year-olds," she laments.

And there's another factor of concern to Toborg: the legislation was passed in a virtual session of the legislature that was called to deal with the COVID pandemic – and very few people knew that the legislation was even to be considered.

The new law is to go into effect July 1, 2021.

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