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Sex education bill approved by Illinois Senate

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A bill to change how Illinois schools teach sex education is on its way to Governor Pat Quinn's desk.

The Illinois Senate approved the measure 37 to 21 on Wednesday. Under the bill, the state's sex education curriculum would stress abstinence, but also have information on contraception and sexually transmitted diseases. Currently, the law says sex education should focus on abstinence. Districts and parents can still choose to opt out if the new bill is signed.

The House approved the measure last month and Governor Quinn has expressed his support.

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