A Massachusetts charter school is teaching its students false information about abortion, according to a new investigation by the New Boston Post.
Public records from the City On A Hill Charter Public School in Roxbury show that ninth graders are being taught that an abortion “prevents a pregnancy,” according to the report.
The description was published in the glossary of the “Peer Health Exchange Boston” student workbook. In the glossary, the book defines abortion as “procedure performed by a doctor that prevents a pregnancy once the sperm has already joined with an egg,” the Post found.
No matter what one’s opinion about abortion, that definition is scientifically false. Once the sperm joins the egg, the woman is pregnant with a unique, living human being, her child. Even Planned Parenthood, the billion-dollar abortion chain, describes abortion as “ending a pregnancy” on its website.
Massachusetts law does, too. The pro-abortion ROE Act that passed in 2020 describes abortion as “any medical treatment intended to induce the termination of, or to terminate, a clinically diagnosable pregnancy except for the purpose of producing a live birth; provided, however, that ‘abortion’ shall not include providing care related to a miscarriage.”
State pro-life leaders contacted by the New Boston Post slammed the student workbook for misleading students about the truth of abortion.
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“Abortion does not prevent pregnancy,” Massachusetts Citizens for Life executive director Patricia Stewart told the Post. “Abortion ends a pregnancy by using medications or instruments to remove and/or kill a human baby as it develops in a pregnant woman’s womb. Eager as they are to teach high school students about abortion, why do they mislead and refuse to tell them the truth?”
Mary Ellen Siegler, communications director for the Massachusetts Family Institute, said the workbook definition is another example of the deceptive language used in new “comprehensive” sex education programs in many public schools.
“One of the dangers of comprehensive sexuality education is how it uses language so deceptively and changes commonly understood definitions for various words or phrases,” Siegler told the Post. “This is done to influence thoughts and beliefs and is harmful for still developing young children. Abortion is the intentional killing of a human baby developing in its mother’s womb.”
Siegler encouraged parents to opt out their students from sex education in public schools.
“Lessons like these are devoid of reason, the teaching of critical thinking, and objective truth. They are meant to indoctrinate and push radical social agendas,” she said. “Parents should always opt their children out of these comprehensive sex ed lessons in school.”
Concerns about the sex education programs in public schools are growing. In 2021, parents in Tacoma, Washington were outraged after their middle school students received a Planned Parenthood flyer that promoted sex to 11-year-olds and told them that they could get an abortion without a parent’s knowledge.
On its website, Planned Parenthood boasts of being the single largest provider of sex education in the U.S., reaching about 1.5 million people each year.
Among its worst teaching points, Planned Parenthood tells children that promiscuity is ok. “There’s nothing bad or unhealthy about having a big number of sexual partners,” it tells students on its Tumbler page. Planned Parenthood’s booklet for HIV-positive youth, “Healthy, Happy and Hot,” tells young people that it is their “human right” to not tell their sexual partner that they have HIV.
Several former abortion workers have warned that the abortion industry uses sex education programs to encourage risky sexual behavior and sell abortions.
ACTION ALERT: To lodge a complaint, Contact the City on a Hill Charter School Board of Trustees.