Abstinence Act & Letter Defining Intent of Law (2003)

At the 13 Feb 2003 AL State Board of Education meeting, the complete text of the 1992 law, which requires that Abstinence be taught and emphasized, was added to the Alabama Health Course of Study for public school students. ALABAMA LAW (Regular Session, 1992) Act No. 92-590 S.72 AN ACT     To require public schools in Alabama to emphasize responsible sexual behavior and prevention of illegal drug use in those programs and curriculum that include instruction on such subjects. To specify the minimum contents to be included in that instruction; and to outline conduct that is improper or unlawful for school-age children. Be It Enacted by the Legislature of Alabama:  Section 1. (a) The Legislature finds that: (1) Pregnancy and childbirth among unmarried adolescents, particularly young adolescents, often results in severe adverse health, social, and economic consequences, including: a higher percentage of pregnancy and childbirth complications; a higher incidence of low birth weight babies; a higher frequency of developmental disabilities; higher infant mortality and morbidity; a decreased likelihood of completing school; a greater likelihood that an adolescent marriage will end in divorce; and higher risks of unemployment and welfare dependency. (2) Drug and alcohol abuse diminish the strength and vitality of the young people of our nation and state; an increasing number of substances, both legal and illegal, are being abused by increasing numbers of school children, even at the grade school level; abuse of any substance causes human behavior that influences many forces, including school, family, church, community, media, and peer groups. Prevention and early intervention in such behavior requires cooperation and coordination involving strategies designed to respond to carefully defined...