"Remember, the experts built the Titanic." — Louisiana Family Forum President Gene Mills, pooh-pooh-ing experts who testified in Baton Rouge on the need for New Orleans students to be taught sex education. House Bill 359 by state Rep. Wesley Bishop, D-New Orleans, would include discussion of sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, parenthood and birth control, including abstinence.
In 2012, Louisiana topped the nation in the number of congenital syphilis cases and came in second in gonorrhea cases. Baton Rouge and New Orleans now rank second and fourth, respectively, in the number of newly diagnosed HIV cases in the U.S.