Sen. Whatley proposes changes to sex ed law to remove dated anti-LGBT language

February 12, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

A state senator is proposing changes to Alabama’s sex education law that would remove dated, blatantly anti-LGBT language and make other portions of the code more scientifically accurate.

Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, is sponsoring the bill, which would remove discriminatory language from state law directing educators to teach that homosexuality is a criminal offense and an unacceptable lifestyle.

SB269, which is waiting for a hearing in the Senate Education and Youth Affairs Committee, would update the law that provides details on how educators should teach K-12 sex education courses.

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Health Committee gives favorable report to Drug Paraphernalia Bill

May 12, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, May 10, 2017, the Senate Health Committee gave a favorable report to allow non-profits to participate in a controversial program to give free drug paraphernalia to drug users to slow the spread of AIDS.

House Bill 455 is sponsored by State Representative Jack Williams (R-Vestavia). Rep. Williams said that the nonprofits involved would provide counseling services for IV drug users. Part of that would include giving users clean needles.
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Pro-Life Day in the Alabama House of Representatives

March 17, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 16, the Alabama House of Representatives passed all four Pro-Life bills. The Republican Caucus held a “Pro-Life Day” to discuss and pass pro-life legislation. The Democrats stretched the process out by staging a partisan filibuster; but the pointless delaying tactics were easily swept aside by the Republican Super majority.

Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terry Lathan issued a statement supporting “Pro-Life Day”: “Today is an important day in the Alabama House of Representatives as each bill on the agenda is dedicated to protecting the unborn and preserving the sanctity of life. In their ‘Alabama Proud’ legislative agenda that was released prior to the regular session, the House Republican Caucus promised to hold a ‘Pro-Life Day’ in the chamber and pass the bills on today’s agenda. Today they are proving good to their word.”
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House Bill Would Make it a Crime to Knowingly Infect Someone with an STD

April 7, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sexually transmitted diseases would completely disappear in two generations if people would follow the simple rules set down by Moses and limit all sexual activity to within the bounds of their marital bond.

That may have been asking too much of the shepherds of his day, but in today’s society that defiantly practices a more “freewheeling” range of lifestyles and claims anything they want to do is a right, sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are an unpleasant reality.
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Advocacy Group Draws Attention to High AIDS Rate in Birmingham

September 29, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is making an effort to draw attention to the fact that Birmingham, Alabama has 17th Highest Rate of HIV Infection in the entire Nation. The group says that they are trying to advance awareness of the epidemic in Birmingham, reduce the stigma of testing positive for the disease and get more people that are infected the treatments that they need.
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