After a crusading religious group showed up at the Gilbert, Arizona school board meeting with three Republican state senators to complain about the presence of a mention of abortion in an honors biology text book, the board voted to get rid of that material. It was determined that the most efficient way to remove the offending material is to literally remove it – as in, tear the whole page out of the book.
In my opinion, once you are ripping out pages of textbooks that you don’t like, it’s only a short step to burning books that you don’t like. Not to mention that censorship of academia and science has worked out real well for other groups throughout history (cough cough, sarcasm).
Glad to hear that the Gilbert School Board that mandated this blasphemous act (against science… and freedom … duh) is on its way out after losing in the elections earlier this week. For more on that, watch this video segment from the Rachel Maddow Show!
Sarah Jones has written a nice post for Wall of Separation looking at the never-ending battle between science fact and fiction in Arizona health education. The current debate is over what should be included in a school curriculum as fact, centering around classification of contraceptive devices as a method for abortion.
Medical science is, of course, very clear: IUDs do not cause abortions. Neither does the birth control pill, or the implant or any other contraceptive method (including Plan B).
It’s obvious that medically accurate sex education works. Students deserve to get real medical information, not dogma, and it’s time for school districts to make sure they get it.
California expanded its sex ed programs and required them to be comprehensive and medically accurate. The result? By 2011, teen birth rates had dropped by almost 60 percent. During roughly the same time period, Arizona’s teen pregnancy rate dropped by 38 percent. Nationally, the teen birth rate isconsistently highest in states that use abstinence-only sex ed.