It’s not a slow news week, so we’re not sure why Fox has chosen to dig up comments that Barack Obama made back in 2007. But they’ve been circulating the headline “Obama Supports Kindergarten Sex Ed,” in connection to a new sex education bill that’s being considered in Helena, Montana.
The idea stems from a smear campaign that started during Obama’s 2004 senatorial race against Alan Keyes. ABC reports that Obama’s opponent propagated the idea the he is for teaching sex ed to kindergartners after supporting a bill that provided age-appropriate and scientifically-based sex education for students of all grade levels.
It appears that Fox objects to anatomy in science class. In a 2004 story published in the Daily Herald, Obama explained his position.
“Nobody’s suggesting that kindergartners are going to be getting information about sex in the way that we think about it,” Obama said. “If they ask a teacher ‘where do babies come from,’ that providing information that the fact is that it’s not a stork is probably not an unhealthy thing. Although again, that’s going to be determined on a case-by-case basis by local communities and local school boards.”
In a speech given at Planned Parenthood in 2007, he reiterated that “age-appropriate” sex education is “the right thing to do.”