According to a recent KFOR report, high school students at Edmond Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla., were recently given an assignment asking whether they would abort a child with a genetic disorder.
Among the questions included in the quiz was one asking students to choose between three responses to the hypothetical scenario of a pregnancy involving an unborn child who possesses the dwarfism gene. The biology class was instructed to select from the following answers: “A. Allow the child to be born with the gene, and we will accept the child as is,” “B. Attempt the new therapy to repair the gene,” and “C. Terminate Pregnancy.”
A Facebook page promoting Oklahoma educational issues saw a spike in discussion regarding this assignment as several parents expressed their opposition.
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“Abortion is a subject many parents would rather discuss with their children,” one user wrote. “It is more than just an ethics question.”
Susan Parks-Schlepp, a spokesperson for the school district, addressed the controversy by stressing the fact that the assignment was not graded and that there was “no punishment for any of the choices that they circled.”
That clarification was little comfort to those who believe public school students should not be encouraged to consider aborting their own child as part of a classroom exercise.
Ridiculous! Wake up Oklahoma! http://t.co/gpLOsRLPSZ
— Change Oklahoma (@changeok) January 28, 2015
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“This is not a subject I want my child discussing in class,” another Facebook user opined. “Ethics and beliefs are for home, not school.”
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