How to handle an unwanted pregnancy is a decision a woman makes with her doctor, not with the school board. Isn’t that something we can all agree on? But in Gilbert Public Schools in Arizona, they’ve found a new way for the government to force its ideology on students: textbook stickering. At the school board and superintendent’s command, Gilbert students are receiving stickers to place on their biology textbooks urging students not to have abortions.
The stickers also urge students to remain abstinent, but don’t provide any information about effective prevention methods for those who do become sexually active. In some cases schools are stickering the books, while others are encouraging ( perhaps even requiring) students to sticker their own books.