The Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act (SB0818) passed the state House by a vote of 60-48, and the Senate, on May 20, by a vote of 37-18.
Planned Parenthood of Illinois Action thanked the General Assembly for approving the legislation in a statement:
By developing standards to require inclusive, evidence-based curricula that includes information about healthy relationships, gender identity and sexual orientation, Illinois schools can reduce bullying, stigmatization, harassment, violence and discrimination for all students.
However, Monica Cline, a previous Planned Parenthood sex-ed instructor who became founder and director of It Takes A Family, said in a comment to Breitbart News:
By looking at the standards and resources the National Sex Education Standards provide, states who encourage adoption of this content are advocating for the abuse of our children by exposing our kids to obscene sexual notions and inappropriate ideas for their age. Put simply, they are enticing and grooming our children for sexual activity.
As NPR reported, openly gay state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D) promoted the adoption of the LGBTQ curriculum, arguing the standards would help to prevent children from feeling ostracized and suicidal.
“For far too long, LGBTQ youth were either invisible or expressly stigmatized, and I remember that — it burned into my soul,” Cassidy said. “As a kid who didn’t understand why I didn’t fit in, who couldn’t define why I felt different, and whose parents were not an option to go to. I wish I had had a teacher I could turn to; I wish I had had a curriculum that didn’t call me unnatural.”
Illinois Rep. Fred Crespo (D) expressed concern that no other state had signed onto the NSES standards.
Additionally, he said, “The thing that bothers me the most is that, I know it’s permissive, but we’re telling schools that if you don’t use these standards you cannot teach sex ed.”
“That concerns me a bit because I think we do need sex ed at our schools,” he added.
Illinois Family Institute referred to the legislation as “the newest manifestation of the creepy desire of Springfield leftists to normalize deviance in children.”
The ministry that promotes traditional marriage and family values also noted:
When seeking to indoctrinate children with leftist sexuality dogma, leftists blather on about “age-appropriateness” and “cultural-appropriateness” as if those terms describe some objective, transcendent, universal criteria rather than socially constructed and imposed leftist “standards.” Both terms are used to include ideas leftists love and exclude (i.e., censor) all ideas leftists hate.
If Pritzker signs the bill into law, parents may still opt their children out of sex-ed classes.