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California school investigates teacher for showing videos detailing abortion

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SACRAMENTO, California, June 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- A middle school science teacher is under fire for allegedly showing her students pro-life videos explaining what really happens during abortion.

The Sacramento City Unified School District will not identify the teacher, but parents told the Sacramento Bee that Jenny Thomas of Sutter Middle School played videos from the pro-life group Live Action during a sex education class.

The videos, from the group’s Abortion Procedures series, feature former abortionist Dr. Anthony Levatino describing a number of abortion techniques in blunt detail. They use prenatal images, footage of abortion tools, and animated diagrams of abortions. The imagery and descriptions are disturbing, but medically accurate, and do not include actual photographs of aborted babies.

Levatino also expressly identifies preborn babies as living human beings, lists the medical risks to mothers associated with abortion, and concludes by discussing how he came to realize abortion was wrong and committed to ending it.

The presentation reportedly also featured a pro-life music video called “Can I Live?” by artist Nick Cannon.

The presentation was "completely inappropriate for the classroom" and did not "meet the district's approved family life and sexuality curriculum,” district spokesman Alex Barrios said. He added that the district would investigate “how this happened” and treat it with the “seriousness it demands.”

The district does not have a specific policy for discussing abortion in the classroom, but a general policy that “students should have opportunities to discuss controversial issues which have political, social or economic significance and which the students are mature enough to investigate and address.”

It calls on teachers to exercise “caution and discretion” when assessing whether students are old enough for particular content, and to ensure controversies are “impartially presented.”

Some parents, speaking to the Bee on condition of anonymity, said the videos were “disturbing and inappropriate” for seventh graders. However, they also said they considered Thomas to be a good teacher, and that she has already apologized for the incident.

“These videos were designed to be teacher aids and are medically accurate, created in consultation with a group of doctors and experts, and have been viewed online nearly 100 million times,” Live Action founder and president Lila Rose responded in a statement to LifeSiteNews. “The abortion procedure series are medical animations, not graphic footage, and accurately depict the most prevalent abortion procedures in a format suitable for teens."

Rose further noted a double-standard in that the school’s home state, California, allows those same teenage girls to obtain abortions without their parents’ knowledge, let alone consent.

“Tens of thousands of teen girls have abortions every year in America, and they deserve the information about fetal development, what happens during an abortion procedure, and its risks,” she explained. “How can students understand the biological, moral,  and ethical aspects of abortion without knowing what the abortion procedure entails for both the developing child and mother?”

“While perhaps the content was unsettling for some middle school students, it would be naïve to think abortion does not affect these same students,” Live Action writer Anna Reynolds added, noting that Planned Parenthood recently targeted “sex is hot” Facebook ads to teenagers. “Unplanned pregnancy affects young teens, and they deserve the information necessary to know what abortion is and what it does before they make a choice.”

“I can't even imagine them showing kids this age something like that," parent April Larios complained to Fox 40. “As an adult, it's even hard to watch videos like that or to even discuss anything like that.” Largely ignored in the media uproar, however, is the inconsistency of being repulsed by abortion descriptions while continuing to support abortion’s legality.  

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