MSNBC host Rachel Maddow announced the launch of a website where students can view a page removed from a biology textbook in Arizona on Friday.
The Gilbert, AZ School Board voted to “edit” a high school honors biology textbook because it violated Arizona law requiring public schools to “present childbirth and adoption as preferred options to elective abortion.”
According to The Arizona Republic, “the book in question, ‘Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections (Seventh Edition),’ has a chapter that discusses abstinence, birth-control methods, tubal ligations and vasectomies, and drugs that can induce abortion.” The Arizona Board of Education argued to the Republic that the page, “does not appear on its face to violate the statute.”
After the vote, board member Daryl Colvin told the Republic, “the cheapest, least disruptive way to solve the problem is to remove the page,” he also said he believes that abortion should be in a sex-ed class, not biology.
Maddow sided with the Board of Education, adding “but the crusading religious group showed up at the Gilbert School Board meeting on Tuesday. So did three Republican state senators who trouped over to this little school board meeting to make sure something got done about that terrible honors biology textbook and sure enough, the Gilbert Board voted to get rid of that material, and it turns out that in their view, the fastest and most effective way to disappear those facts from honors biology, is to rip them out of the textbook.” And that the textbook law was passed in “sort of an anti-abortion fit a couple years of ago.”
She then announced, “Dear honors biology students of Gilbert, Arizona, I now address your directly. You may soon find yourself holding a biology textbook with a hole where some true facts used to be. Don’t despair. We here at ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ have preserved the part of your biology textbook that the crusading religious group and the Republican State Senators and the conservative majority on your school board no longer wants to allow you to see. We’re going to keep it posted for you in perpetuity at arizonahonorsbiology.com. Which we bought today so that we could post the page that they’re cutting out of your textbook. You can get it there.”
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