A group of parents has asked the Pocatello School Board to reconsider distributing a booklet giving "anyone with a touch-tone telephone" access to information on sex, abortion and other topics.
The Youth Yellow Pages, published by Soroptimist International of Pocatello, was compiled by several educational entities in the community and prepared for distribution by the Bannock County Youth at Risk Committee.It offers emergency telephone numbers; back-to-school information; places to seek counseling, food, shelter or transportation, drug and alcohol agencies; information on types of abuse; pregnancy counseling; health services and other information of interest to teenagers.
But the book also contains the telephone number of the Idaho Facts of Life Line, and that has some parents up in arms.
The toll-free number offers recorded messages on birth control, abortion, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, sexual fulfillment and puberty. It also has information about child sexual abuse, how to talk to parents about sex, how to say no to sex, date rape, breast self-examination and a number of other topics.
Pocatello school trustees have approved distributing the pamphlet to secondary students. But that decision might be reconsidered after a group of parents voiced their opposition.
Don Murdock told the board that he and other parents objected to the school district distributing the booklet, which tells youths where to call for information on such controversial issues as condoms and contraceptives.