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Introducing the No Hugging Amendment

Posted by Ryan Morgan on May 29, 2013 at 3:26 PM
Yesterday, the SC House Education Subcommittee in a vote of 4-2 agreed to pass Representative Andy Patrick’s amendments to the Healthy Youth Amendment. The bill passed through to full committee by a vote of 4-2. But let’s not congratulate Rep. Patrick with a big ole hug just yet. The revisions Patrick included were inspired by Tennessee’s SB 3310, a sex ed bill passed last year that gave comics a lot to work with: Gateway Hug copy That’s right. If these amendments are accepted, hugging could be classified as sexual activity. Patrick’s amendment reads:
‘Sexual activity’ means activity that includes vaginal sex, oral sex, anal sex, and the intentional touching of the genitals, anus, or breasts of another person inside or outside of clothes. (section 8)
And sex ed instructors’ jobs will be to
help students develop skills to enable them to resist peer pressure and abstain from sexual activity…(section 4 b)
So if passed, sex ed instructors would be asked to teach students to abstain from hugging. Seriously. [caption id="attachment_4754" align="aligncenter" width="300"]carebear_hug_2004_by_thweatted NSFW[/caption]

And you know what happens if a teacher promotes hugging? It’s written into the bill that parents can actually sue the teacher.

If a student receives instruction by an instructor or organization that promotes sexual activity or demonstrates sexual activity, as prohibited under this section, the parent or legal guardian shall have a cause of action against that instructor or organization for actual damages plus reasonable attorney’s fees and court costs...(section 7 (c)(1)(2))
That’s right. If a sex ed teacher showed this picture, parents have cause for legal action. Free-Hugs-Care-Bears-Shirt-link These amendments are intended to intimidate instructors from teaching comprehensive, medically-accurate sex education.  We cannot let this amendment stand. Email Rep. Patrick today and demand he reconsider his no hugging amendment! 

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