The passage on fertility will be removed from the Polish textbook

Warsaw, Poland — The publisher of a new textbook in Poland says it is removing a passage on human fertility that many interpreted as dealing with in vitro fertilization and which caused widespread offence.

The publishing house, Bialy Kruk, said on Monday it disagreed with the criticism and the “misinterpretation” of the passage but that “considering the social good … we have decided with the author to remove the controversial fragment from the manual.”

In its first version, the book entitled “The History and the Present” described what the author considers to be modern approaches to sexuality and procreation. The passage seems to take a dim view of in vitro fertilization, without using the term.

He said: “Increasingly sophisticated methods of separating sex from love and fertility lead to treating sex as entertainment and fertility as a human production, one might say reproduction. This raises a fundamental question: who will love the children thus produced?

Many people have interpreted this passage to mean that children born through IVF do not deserve love.

The Department for Education said on Twitter that only a “sick and mad with hate” mind would interpret the passage this way.

The book was added to a list of textbooks in July in preparation for a new subject, called “History and Present”, which the government will introduce this autumn.

Critics of the Conservative government see the playbook as part of a wider attempt to indoctrinate young people in conservative and nationalist values. The book also takes a negative view of feminism and other liberal movements.

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