Governor defends sex-education veto

Tuesday , March 18, 2014 - 12:10 PM


SALT LAKE CITY-- Gov. Gary Herbert is defending his veto of a sex education bill by saying it limited parents' rights to give their children a full public education.

Herbert's veto overturned legislative approval for abstinence-only education without anything discussion of contraceptives.

The Republican governor says nobody in his travels around Utah ever told him sex education was a problem that needed to be fixed.

Herbert spoke Thursday during his monthly televised news conference at KUED studios in Salt Lake City.

In Utah, parents can take their children out of sex education, which emphasizes abstinence and biological facts about contraception.

Herbert says the bill deprived parents who want their children to learn at least that much.

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