A Portland, Oregon, educator who has been suspended from his job as a computer science and math teacher said he is being targeted because of his vocal opposition to Planned Parenthood. On March 19 Bill Diss, who is a pro-life leader in his church and community, as well as an outspoken advocate for teen abstinence, was notified that he was being placed on administrative leave “pending a recommendation to the superintendent that you be dismissed from your employment with Portland public schools for reasons that have been discussed with you.”
While letters and documents from the school appear to frame the issue around Diss' professional behavior, Diss and his attorney argue that the actions of the district are tied to his outspoken opposition to Planned Parenthood.
On the day of his suspension Diss said that officials came into his classroom at Portland's Benson High School, where he has taught for the past eleven years, and gave him just a few minutes to gather his belongings before police escorted him out of the building.
American Life League (ALL), which has been following the story, said that Diss has been harassed for his pro-life activities since at least 2007, when he began organizing efforts to stop Planned Parenthood's infiltration into Portland's poorer neighborhoods. According to ALL, in 2009 the abortion giant attempted to have Diss' teaching license revoked after his attempts to halt construction of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility in a minority neighborhood in Portland.
Conflicts between Diss and the school became strained over the past school year when Planned Parenthood was invited into Benson High School through its Teen Outreach Program (TOP), the abortion giant's version of teen pregnancy prevention, funded in part by the federal Department of Health and Human Services.
In September of last year, ALL recalled, Planned Parenthood representatives entered Diss' classroom, where the teacher was conducting a computer science class. The representatives “expected to be given the floor to recruit students for the Teen Outreach Program,” recalled ALL in its coverage of the story. “Because Mr. Diss had been notified that TOP representatives were coming to speak to the class and they produced identification showing they were from Planned Parenthood rather than TOP, Mr. Diss asked them to leave his classroom. They left, and a few moments later the principal and vice principal came to remove Mr. Diss from class.”
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