Conservatives on social media heckled and chased an Arizona mom off the internet in recent days after she publicly complained about her son's high school pushing abstinence and anti-abortion education.
Suzanne Young briefly spoke to TPM on Monday about her decision to leave the internet, saying she tried to explain herself on social media to no avail.
"I spent the first two days explaining my position, but people were just woefully misunderstanding me," she told TPM when reached by phone.
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I have no issue with the intent of the sticker, to encourage adoption over abortion and to support sexual abstinence among teens. I certainly have no problem with encouraging teens to talk about sex with their parents. I do, however, think these stickers a pathetic example of bad educational practice. It is almost a dare to an adolescent. Cloaking these moral positions in the authority of the school and worse the state is asking for rebellion against them. Making what should be an invitation from the adult community to the young to take part in meaningful discussion about sexuality becomes a sticker that says in effect, "This is what you are supposed to believe and accept." What is saddest is that good sex education does work to reduce unwanted pregnancies and empowers young women to say no. The best way to actually achieve the goals of reducing abortions and unwanted pregnancies is through dialog, which this sticker, for all its fine advice to the contrary, will discourage.