Challenged in AZ: Two pages of a biology textbook.

From USA Today:

School district staff [in Gilbert, Arizona] will "edit" a high-school honors biology textbook after board members agreed that it does not align with state regulations on how abortion is to be presented to public-school students.

Gilbert Public Schools board members, backed by a conservative religious group, voted 3-2 to make the change, arguing that they are complying with a 2-year-old state law that requires public schools to "present childbirth and adoption as preferred options to elective abortion."

From Yahoo:

"By redacting, we are not censoring," board member Julie Smith told 12 News in Phoenix. "This school district does offer sexual education classes. If we were censoring, we would not offer anything on this topic whatsoever."


At the center of the Arizona controversy is a part of the textbook that describes contraception techniques, including explaining how the morning-after pill works. The text also notes that abstinence is the only fail-safe birth control method.

In case you were wondering: As of this May, Arizona clocks in at #18 on the Teen Pregnancy Rates By State list. More on that here.

Related: Morning links: Book challenge edition.