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Opening Panel Round

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Tennessee Not Taking Any Chances.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

Panel, time for you to answer some questions about the week's news. Kyrie, in an effort to curb teenage pregnancy, this week the State of Tennessee passed a law banning what among teens?

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KYRIE O'CONNOR: Oh, it's like any kind of public display of affection, like hugging and...

SAGAL: Holding hands, for example.

O'CONNOR: ...holding hands, yes.

SAGAL: Yes, hugging, holding hands.

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SAGAL: Apparently, in Tennessee, legislators believe that pregnancy is caused by cooties.

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SAGAL: The state legislature there this week passed the Gateway to Sexual Activity law, prompting many students in Tennessee to ask where is this gateway, and how soon can we get there?

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SAGAL: Under the law, parents could sue teachers who allow handholding, or hugs among their students, or as the Tennesseans call hugs and handholding, quickies.

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ROY BLOUNT JR: That's not even first base. That's, you know, on deck or something.

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O'CONNOR: Yeah.

SAGAL: It's not even that.

CHARLIE PIERCE: It's an infield slide.

SAGAL: It's like sitting in the stands, Roy.

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SAGAL: It's nothing.

PIERCE: It's like being stuck in the traffic jam, trying to get to the ballpark.

SAGAL: Exactly.

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SAGAL: We were thinking about this, and we have a message for the people in Tennessee. If you want to encourage abstinence in your students, this is what you do: you mandate explicit sexual education, but you also mandate that it be taught to the students by their parents.

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SAGAL: OK? One thing I'll say about your mom, son, she is a wildcat. Oh no.

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