In yet another conservative assault on education, an Arizona school board voted Tuesday night to remove pages mentioning abortion from an honors biology textbook because it does not push their agenda by pushing the ideology that childbirth or adoption are superior options.
Gilbert Public Schools Board member Julie Smith claims passages in Campbell Biology: Concepts and Connections violates a state law prohibiting schools from giving presentations “that do not give preference, encouragement and support to childbirth and adoption as preferred options to elective abortion.”
The contested passages, under the heading “Contraception can prevent unwanted pregnancy,”, the book says “Complete abstinence (avoiding intercourse) is the only totally effective method of birth control,” but also mentions the effectiveness of the “morning after pill” in preventing unwanted pregnancies.
Faith-based Alliance Defending Freedom also complained about the textbook, citing a passage that acknowledges the existence of RU486, which can induce an abortion up to seven weeks after conception.
Ultimately, the board voted 3-2 ro remove the pages from the book, which has been in use unchallenged since 2006.
While some, like board member Lily Tram, accused the board of censorship, Smith argues that they are simply “redacting” the pages.
“By redacting, we are not censoring,” Smith explained. “This school district does offer sexual education classes. If we were censoring we would not offer anything on this topic whatsoever.”
Already, some parents are volunteering to help remove or redact the information, thus participating in the brutalization of their children’s education.
Despite conservatives’ claims, the Arizona Department of Education said in September that the passages are not in violation of the law because the textbook simply makes valid, accurate statements.
Unfortunately, ideology won out over information…again.