State law stresses abstinence.
ADOPTED RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE ABSTINENCE LAW
WHEREAS, the State Department of Education shall communicate the requirements of the Alabama Abstinence Law to all teachers of health education courses in Alabama public schools; and
WHEREAS, the State Department of Education shall communicate directly to all teachers of health education courses in Alabama public schools that the books and materials approved by the Alabama State Board of Education must be augmented with materials and teaching on the following two areas:
(1) Moral and ethical reasons to abstain from sex outside of marriage; and (2) The latest medical data and statistics indicating the reliability and unreliability of various means of contraception.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Alabama State Board of Education does support the teaching of health to students attending the public schools of Alabama and recognize the valuable contribution it can have on their lives.
Code of Alabama 16-40A-2 Minimum contents to be included in sex education program or curriculum.
(a) Any program or curriculum in the public schools in Alabama that includes sex education or the human reproductive process shall, as a minimum, include and emphasize the following:
- (1) Abstinence from sexual intercourse is the only completely effective protection against unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) when transmitted sexually.
- (2) Abstinence from sexual intercourse outside of lawful marriage is the expected social standard for unmarried school-age persons. (b) Course materials and instruction that relate to sexual education or sexually transmitted diseases should be age-appropriate. (c) Course materials and instruction that relate to sexual education or sexually transmitted diseases should include all of the following elements:
- (1) An emphasis on sexual abstinence as the only completely reliable method of avoiding unwanted teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
- (2) An emphasis on the importance of self-control and ethical conduct pertaining to sexual behavior.
- (3) Statistics based on the latest medical information that indicate the degree of reliability and unreliability of various forms of contraception, while also emphasizing the increase in protection against pregnancy and protection against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV and AIDS infection, which is afforded by the use of various contraceptive measures.
- (4) Information concerning the laws relating to the financial responsibilities associated with pregnancy, childbirth, and child rearing.
- (5) Information concerning the laws prohibiting sexual abuse, the need to report such abuse, and the legal options available to victims of sexual abuse.
- (6) Information on how to cope with and rebuff unwanted physical and verbal sexual exploitation by other persons.
- (7) Psychologically sound methods of resisting unwanted peer pressure.
- (8) An emphasis, in a factual manner and from a public health perspective, that homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense under the laws of the state.
- (9) Comprehensive instruction in parenting skills and responsibilities, including the responsibility to pay child support by non-custodial parents, the penalties for non-payment of child support, and the legal and ethical responsibilities of child care and child rearing.
Code of Alabama 16-41-8 Teaching of sex education not authorized.
Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to authorize or require the teaching of sex education in any form.