Gilbert puts anti-abortion stickers in textbooks

GILBERT, AZ - Some parents in Gilbert are upset after the Gilbert Public School District decided to put a sticker in its high school Biology textbooks supporting the district's pro-life stance.

This comes after the controversy last year when the school board wanted the chapter on human reproduction edited and re-written to exclude a paragraph that includes abortion as a means of contraception.

The board considered ripping the pages out of the textbooks, but tabled the idea over concerns of violating copyright laws.

The board argues state law requires Arizona schools to teach abstinence and adoption over abortion.

The compromise is putting a sticker inside the textbooks that reads:

"The Gilbert Public School District supports the state of Arizona's strong interest in promoting childbirth and adoption over elective abortion. The District is also in support of promoting abstinence as the most effective way to eliminate the potential for unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. If you have questions concerning sexual intercourse, Contraceptives, pregnancy, adoption, or abortion, we encourage you to speak with your parents."

One mother tweeted out a picture and expressed her disapproval after her 14-year-old son brought home the book with the new sticker from school.

Suzanne Young has been re-tweeted more than a thousand times and her story was picked up by BuzzFeed and "The Rachel Maddow Show."

Some of the responses to Young agreed with the school board.

""Pro-life, abstinence, talk to parents, where's the problem?" tweeted one man. Another man tweeted that he would like to see more school districts do the same.

Other parents support Young's standpoint.

"I think science and morality should be separated," said one mother, "I'm not for abortion, I'm not against abortion, but I do feel the entire picture ought to be told.”

Some worry the sticker will draw more attention to the topic than it otherwise would have for teenagers.

"I do feel that's something that should be covered at home and maybe not the textbook but to cover that up will just peak curiosity," said another Gilbert mom.

Superintendent Doctor Christina Kishimoto released this statement:

"I worked closely with the Governing Board to provide a solution to last year's matter regarding the District's biology books. The board and I have full confidence in our teachers and because we trust the way our teachers instruct, we agreed that the stickers on the back cover are the best course of action. We are pleased with the collaboration and completion of this matter."

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