- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Senate has again passed a bill limiting abortion providers from teaching sex education classes in public schools.

While many see the bill as targeted at Planned Parenthood, critics of the bill say its broad language could restrict employees from medical facilities from teaching sex education in schools. A legislative attorney has said portions of the bill could be unconstitutional.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Mike Dunleavy, believes it could withstand a legal challenge.

The bill also would let parents withdraw their children from activities, classes, standardized tests or programs to which the parent objects. Alaska’s education department says withdrawals could jeopardize $97.5 million in federal education funds.

The Senate passed the bill Friday and affirmed that with a 12-7 reconsideration vote Monday.

The bill next goes to the House.


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