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Upstate Senator blocks sex education bill

From our News Partners at WCBD-TV:

  GREENVILLE, SC - A bill aimed to improve sex education in the Palmetto State is dead after an Upstate Senator blocked it from advancing.

 The legislation would ensure that medically accurate information is taught, teachers are trained and schools held accountable.

 Sen. Mike Fair, (R) Greenville, placed a procedural hold on the bill before it could advance to the Senate floor for debate and a vote.

 Fair said that the rules are there for good reason and he didn’t think it was unfair to do that.

 He believes that there was no proof provided that schools aren’t teaching medically accurate information already.

“Not a single teacher that I’m aware of in Greenville County said we needed this bill,” Fair said.

 Supporters of the bill were disappointed with the move this week including the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and its CEO Forrest Alton.

“I really am surprised that a single Senator would take it upon himself to halt all movement of this bill,” Alton said.

 Fair said that the dropping number of pregnancies in the state is proof that the existing law is working and change isn’t needed.

 Alton agreed that the 47 percent drop in teen births over 20 years should be celebrated, but he argued that there is still work to do.

“Still last year in our state 6000 young women under 20 became mothers, I don't think any of us would say we have this problem is solved,” Alton said.

The legislative session only has a few days remaining this year.

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