Order Reprint of this Story April 08, Hannah loves them as only the patient mother of 4-year-olds can. But she would love to have waited to have them until she was beyond age 17, beyond high school, beyond her own childhood, ready to be a parent and an adult. Nobody would blame Hannah if she kept her regrets to herself, just kept working as a nursing assistant at St.
Instead, Hannah decided to share her experience as a single teen mother to help other kids avoid the mistakes she made. As part of a Boise State class project, she talked to girls at the Marian Pritchett School for pregnant and parenting teens about graduating from high school and going to college.
She researched what it would take to help other girls in Idaho not end up pregnant in high school. Our journalism takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work to produce. If you read and enjoy our journalism, please consider subscribing today. She was quizzed by respectful but skeptical members of the House Education Committee ; her motives were questioned by groups that feared changing the law would end up advocating premarital sex or masturbation, or reduce the role of faith and family.
But the experience also left Hannah determined to work with critics to write a better bill to bring to the Legislature. They liked VanOrden, and thought her role as the chairwoman of the Education Committee made her their best potential ally. They asked for a meeting, and it went well enough that VanOrden had her intern help start drafting legislation. Hannah assumed that, like VanOrden, people would quickly agree that the outdated statute needs updating. She was unprepared for the opposition, which she felt personally at first.
Now she realizes that the critical comments and press coverage were part of the rough and tumble of the process. Her only agenda is to help other girls not find themselves in the situation she was in. Their research revealed that young moms need support beginning before high school ends and through the summer before college.
Hannah was a serious student and athlete, a long-jumper and triple-jumper, getting good grades in AP classes and taking birth-control pills. Today, Hannah has changed her major and wants to be a science or math teacher. She has a long-term boyfriend, and a supportive network of family and work and school friends. Just last week, Hannah found out she is due, in November, to have another set of twins. Work, school, parenting, pregnancy — Hannah has a full plate even without the duties of part-time lobbyist.
Family life and sex education: The legislature of the state of Idaho believes that the primary responsibility for family life and sex education, including moral responsibility, rests upon the home and the church and the schools can only complement and supplement those standards which are established in the family.
The decision as to whether or not any program in family life and sex education is to be introduced in the schools is a matter for determination at the local district level by the local school board of duly selected representatives of the people of the community. If such program is adopted, the legislature believes that: Major emphasis in such a program should be to assist the home in giving them the knowledge and appreciation of the important place the family home holds in the social system of our culture, its place in the family and the responsibility which will be there much later when they establish their own families.
The program should supplement the work in the home and the church in giving youth the scientific, physiological information for understanding sex and its relation to the miracle of life, including knowledge of the power of the sex drive and the necessity of controlling that drive by self-discipline.
The program should focus upon helping youth acquire a background of ideals and standards and attitudes which will be of value to him now and later when he chooses a mate and establishes his own family.