SHIELDS: Teach a Pro-Life Curriculum


Monday, June 27, 2022

During the past year, Americans have been fighting to purge anti-science and immoral curriculums from our schools. With the Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs, the fight for our children’s education coincides with our fight for our unborn children. As state legislatures pass laws to replace false and unamerican curriculums with educational and edifying curriculums, they should include pro-life sex education bills. 

What, and when, we teach children about sex and birth control is a very important subject about which there are no doubt many divergent views. 

We must take extra precautions to ensure what we teach on the matter is age-appropriate, deferring to the parents in the earlier years of puberty. But once children are in high school and nearing adulthood, it’s proper to educate them on matters of sex and reproduction. While there will be understandable objections to this stance and disagreements about what such an education should consist of, what ought to be agreed upon by all pro-lifers is that children being taught sex education should learn about pregnancy, fetal development, and birth. Surely, if children are old enough to learn about sex, they are old enough to learn about what naturally happens as a result of it. 

In their biology classes, students should learn about how pregnancy affects the mother and see how the baby develops throughout the pregnancy. They should learn about milestones in fetal development such as conception, the heartbeat at 6 weeks, fetal viability at varying points of the pregnancy, and so on. 

I do not think the curriculum should shy away from discussing miscarriages or ectopic pregnancies. There has sadly been much confusion among pro-life activists and legislators when it comes to these issues, and that confusion can lead to policies that are detrimental to mothers and babies. It is my hope that by including these topics in the curriculum we will be able to eliminate ignorance and confusion about them. 

Videos and pictures must be essential aspects of the curriculum. Understandably, it can be difficult for students to comprehend that the baby in the womb is a human being because they cannot see it. Videos and pictures of the preborn leave no doubt of their humanity. 

It may be objected by some that to implement such a curriculum would be to replace left-wing indoctrination with right-wing indoctrination. To this it must be said that it is not a question whether our children will be taught morals, merely whether they will be taught them righteously or unrighteously. 

The history teacher, for example, could not teach about WWII or the Civil War neutrally. The very refusal to acknowledge the Allies and the Union as righteous and the Axis Powers and Confederacy as evil is an immoral act. Sex and pregnancy likewise cannot be discussed neutrally, because they also have an intrinsic moral component to them. 

And a wonderful thing about being on the side of truth and justice is that we needn’t even explicitly annunciate the pro-life position. Merely teaching the objective science about pregnancy and fetal development will be sufficient for students to realize that the baby is a living human being, and that no one has a right to murder a human at any stage of life. 

We find ourselves fighting to both protect life and ensure our children get the best education possible. I believe this proposal furthers both endeavors in a just manner, and I sincerely hope that state legislatures will move to pass pro-life curriculums in the coming years.

Jack Shields is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is currently attending Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He is an editor and columnist for Lone Conservative, and a reporter for The College Fix.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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About Jack Shields

Jack Shields is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is currently attending Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He is an editor and columnist for Lone Conservative, and a reporter for The College Fix.

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