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New Conn. law allows opting out from dissection

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut students who object to dissecting frogs, fetal pigs and other dead animals in science classes will get a reprieve.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Thursday signed a bill into law that allows students to opt out of the age-old practice. The legislation will be in place for the new school year.

State lawmakers have been considering legislation in various forms since 2009 that would offer students a choice when it comes to dissecting animals in school. Under this new law, students will be required to obtain parental permission to be exempted. Also, they will have to complete an alternative assignment.

Some proponents of the legislation have said it makes sense to allow students to learn from computerized animation for their anatomy lessons.

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