http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=26588&ref=BPNews-RSSFeed1011 WASHINGTON (BP)--A new law has made Missouri the first state to ban Planned Parenthood from teaching sex education classes in public schools. The legislation's enactment gave permanent status to the Missouri Alternatives to Abortion Services Program, allowing schools to emphasize abstinence during sex education classes. The law also prevents any personnel affiliated with abortion clinics from teaching sex education classes. Gov. Matt Blunt, R.-Mo., signed the bill into law at Concord Baptist Church in Jefferson City on July 6, saying in a written statement, "All life is precious and needs to be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. "Abortion providers like Planned Parenthood should not be supplying our students with information about sexual health," Blunt said. "This vital legislation ensures that our children get the information they need from their teachers, parents and physicians."