Illinois is expected to soon have a state law requiring that if a school teaches sex education, it must include information on birth control and sexually transmitted diseases. Lawmakers passed the bill and Governor Pat Quinn's office says the Chicago Democrat supports it. Senator Heather Steans believes her bill is a way to cut down teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, but in many schools the law may not change much. School districts like the one in Cairo that already teach comprehensive sex education believe they probably meet the potential new standard. Scott Phelps is founder of a publisher that sells abstinence-based programs. And he believes schools using his programs will not have to make changes either because they already mention contraceptives and STD's in less detail.
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