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Conn. Considers Letting Students Skip Dissections

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Laboratory equipment (Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)

Laboratory equipment (Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut students who object to dissecting frogs, fetal pigs and other dead animals in science classes may soon be able to opt out.

The state House of Representatives voted 131-8 on Wednesday to let students decline to participate in such dissections.

The bill, which has been raised in various forms since 2009, now moves to the Senate. It would also require Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s signature to become law.

The House amended the bill to require students to obtain parental permission and complete an alternative assignment.

Democratic Rep. Diana Urban of North Stonington said students have the option to complete a similar lesson at no additional cost through virtual technology.

In a Facebook statement, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey said the bill “strikes a balance” between students’ beliefs and educational objectives.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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