Arizona School District Decides to Put Anti-Abortion Stickers in Textbooks

It’s no secret that most Republicans are extremely anti-abortion. Even though the Supreme Court settled this issue over 40 years ago, we’re still having to deal with people who seem to think they can infringe upon the Constitutional rights of Americans.

Well, a school district in Arizona has apparently taken things to another level, ordering anti-abortion stickers to be placed inside their biology textbooks:

(Image via Talking Points Memo)

(Image via Talking Points Memo)

I like how they added the bit about sex education at the bottom to try to make it seem as if this isn’t just blatant anti-abortion propaganda. It’s also great how a sticker inside a biology textbook instructs students to ask parents, not educators, about being informed on issues relating to sex or sexually transmitted diseases. That’s just another form of right-wing propaganda as Republicans often oppose teaching sex education in public schools.

According to Suzanne Young, whose son goes to school in the district, if students refused to put the stickers in their textbooks they would have to talk to a school administrator. 

This is ridiculous. Could you imagine if school districts run by liberal administrators started ordering students to put left-wing political propaganda in textbooks?

Wait, my mistake. I forget that many conservatives actually believe things like evolution and climate change are liberal propaganda.

But this is just another example of Republicans trying to force their ideology and views on other people. You see it with religion all the time. Sure, they use the phrase “religious freedom” frequently, but they don’t really mean freedom. What they want is the ability to force their beliefs and views on other people. If the story was about liberals putting pro-abortion or anti-gun stickers in educational textbooks, Republicans would be losing their damn minds.

As most of us know, Republicans are absolute hypocrites. While they love trying to force their ideological views on others, they damn sure don’t want the same thing happening to them. They want people to be tolerant of their views while being completely intolerant of any group with which they disagree.

But the bottom line is, anti-abortion propaganda has no place in schools – period. If someone wants to raise their children to be against abortion, that’s their right to do so – but a school district ordering students to place blatant anti-abortion rhetoric into biology textbooks crosses a line.

Maybe the topic of these stickers should be brought up in social studies or history classes. Then students can learn that when it comes to the right for every woman to decide for herself what she wants to do with her own body, the Supreme Court already ruled on that over 40 years ago. In fact, any attempt to infringe upon that right – in any way – is in direct violation of our Constitution.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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