Arizona School Board Votes to Remove Abortion from Biology Curriculum

The school board of Gilbert Public Schools in Arizona has voted to remove two pages of a biology textbook that focus on abortion, after members agreed the section does not meet state law that gives preference to childbirth and adoption over abortion.

According to The Arizona Republic, the Gilbert Public Schools governing board voted, 3-2, Tuesday to remove the pages from an honors biology textbook titled Campbell Biology: Concepts and Connections, which contains a chapter on contraception that includes a discussion about drugs that can induce abortion.

Textbooks are chosen by local school districts in Arizona.

Board member Julie Smith said the school district is breaking a state law, signed by Gov. Jan Brewer (R) two years ago. In April of 2012, Arizona Senate Bill 1009 was enacted, requiring that no Arizona school district “may allow any presentation during instructional time or furnish any materials to pupils as part of any instruction that does not give preference, encouragement and support to childbirth and adoption as preferred options to elective abortion.”