Parents Try to Ban Books in Alabama Schools

| by Amanda Schallert
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Alabama parents are trying to ban books in nine school districts, including one on pregnancy and childbirth from a particular local high school.

Parents claim the book titled "The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth" contains “pornographic” images that inform readers how to have sex when they are pregnant, according to the Daily Mail.

The Alabama high school, B.B. Comer High, relocated the book to a reference section of the school library. Only students whose parents have authorized them to check out the book will be able to read it, according to the Anniston Star.

Teresa Offord, a library media specialist at B.B. Comer High, said relocating the pregnancy and childbirth book was a hard decision for the school because the book is informational.

“It is a slippery slope at times,” Offord said. “As a media specialist, I want to supply my students with informational books, books that show all sides of a story, not just one viewpoint.”

The parent who wanted the book removed said it included “explicit drawings of how to make love while pregnant” and “pornographic pictures that should not be viewed by children.”

A recent study conducted by journalism students at the University of Alabama found that nine out of 132 school districts reported book challenges in the past five years.

Sources: Daily Mail, Anniston Star