FIRST REGULAR SESSION
HOUSE BILL NO. 716
94TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES DAVIS (Sponsor), DEMPSEY, CUNNINGHAM (86), ONDER,
SCHOELLER, ICET, SCHAD, COX, SCHAAF, SANDER, SATER,
FISHER AND MUSCHANY (Co-sponsors).
Read 1st time February 1, 2007 and copies ordered printed.
D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
To repeal section 170.015, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Section 170.015, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu
thereof, to be known as section 170.015, to read as follows:
170.015. 1. Any course materials and instruction relating to human sexuality and
sexually transmitted diseases shall be medically and factually accurate and shall:
(1) Present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior in relation
to all sexual activity for unmarried pupils because it is the only method that is one hundred
percent effective in preventing pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and the emotional
trauma associated with adolescent sexual activity, and advise students that teenage sexual
activity places them at a higher risk of dropping out of school because of the consequences of
sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy;
(2) Stress that sexually transmitted diseases are serious, possible, health hazards of
sexual activity. Pupils shall be provided with the latest medical information regarding exposure
to human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), human
papilloma virus, hepatitis and other sexually transmitted diseases;
(3) [Present students with the latest medically factual information regarding both the
possible side effects and health benefits of all forms of contraception, including the success and
failure rates for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases] Present students
with information on contraceptives, pregnancy, and abortion in a manner consistent with
the provisions of 42 U.S.C. Section 710;
(4) Include a discussion of the possible emotional and psychological consequences of
preadolescent and adolescent sexual activity and the consequences of adolescent pregnancy, as
well as the advantages of adoption, including the adoption of special needs children, and the
processes involved in making an adoption plan;
(5) Teach skills of conflict management, personal responsibility and positive self-esteem
through discussion and role-playing at appropriate grade levels to emphasize that the pupil has
the power to control personal behavior. Pupils shall be encouraged to base their actions on
reasoning, self-discipline, sense of responsibility, self-control, and ethical considerations, such
as respect for one's self and others. Pupils shall be taught not to make unwanted physical and
verbal sexual advances or otherwise exploit another person. Pupils shall be taught to resist
unwanted sexual advances and other negative peer pressure;
(6) Advise pupils of the laws pertaining to their financial responsibility to children born
in and out of wedlock and advise pupils of the provisions of chapter 566, RSMo, pertaining to
2. Policies concerning referrals and parental notification regarding contraception shall
be determined by local school boards or charter schools, consistent with the provisions of
section 167.611, RSMo.
3. A school district or charter school which provides human sexuality instruction may
separate students according to gender for instructional purposes.
4. The board of a school district or charter school shall determine the specific content
of the district's or school's instruction in human sexuality, in accordance with subsections 1 to
3 of this section, and shall ensure that all instruction in human sexuality is appropriate to the age
of the students receiving such instruction.
5. A school district or charter school shall notify the parent or legal guardian of each
student enrolled in the district or school of:
(1) The basic content of the district's or school's human sexuality instruction to be
provided to the student; and
(2) The parent's right to remove the student from any part of the district's or school's
human sexuality instruction.
6. A school district or charter school shall make all curriculum materials used in the
district's or school's human sexuality instruction available for public inspection pursuant to
chapter 610, RSMo, prior to the use of such materials in actual instruction.
7. No school district or charter school, or its personnel or agents, shall provide
abortion services, or permit a person or entity to offer, sponsor, or furnish in any manner
any course materials or instruction relating to human sexuality or sexually transmitted
diseases to its students if such person or entity is a provider of abortion services.
8. As used in this section, the following terms mean:
(1) "Abortion", the same meaning as such term is defined in section 188.015,
(2) "Abortion services":
(a) Performing, inducing, or assisting in the performing or inducing of an abortion;
(b) Encouraging a patient to have an abortion or referring a patient for an
(c) Developing or dispensing drugs, chemicals, or devices intended to be used to
induce an abortion which is not necessary to save the life of the mother.