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Planned Parenthood pushes its sex ed agenda on families during COVID-19

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As part of a coalition of reproductive health organizations, Planned Parenthood is not wasting any time during Sex Ed for All Month, as sexual education is apparently necessary for kids to “secure the future they envision for themselves.” The nation’s  number one abortion provider has helped spearhead an initiative that will utilize digital resources to teach young people about how to make “informed decisions” about their sexual welfare. Dr. Sara C. Flowers, the vice president of education for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, was ecstatic about the program, stating, “Even in these unprecedented times, we must continue to champion the importance of sex education for young people. We know from years of research that sex education helps young people develop the age-appropriate skills they need to make healthy decisions for themselves, their relationships, and their futures….”

She continued that since parents and children are at home together during the pandemic, they should “have supportive, ongoing dialogue with their children and teens about sex and relationships,” and naturally, “[r]esources from the experts at Planned Parenthood and our partners can help start these conversations. We hope they’ll also advocate for quality programs at the federal, state, and local levels so that all young people have access to sex education.” (emphasis added)  

READ: Former Planned Parenthood sex educator: Moms and dads ‘give the best guidance’ to their kids

Since schools are currently closed because of COVID-19, Planned Parenthood wants to make sure its preferred form of sex education is still being relied upon — but now, Planned Parenthood must convince parents to see them as the experts, which is atypical for the corporation, to say the least. Directing people to the #SexEdForAll video challenge, Planned Parenthood is encouraging people to share how “sex education can promote social change.” They’re also encouraging people to partake this month in an instructional curriculum in order to be equipped with the skills needed to protect sexual health. 

Highlighting the aspects of the online program, Planned Parenthood promises that participants will be educated on “how [they] can be an advocate from home” when it comes to promoting “sex ed for all.” Starting with instructions on “why we need sex ed for all and what we need to do to get there,” the online lessons will culminate with education on how to demand state and local policy changes from government.

When Planned Parenthood declares that “Young people need and deserve quality sex education and sexual health care all year round…” it’s hard not to see the agenda.

 

We’ve seen the abortion corporation’s radical sexual education agenda before. The content of its Get Real program a few years back was so bad that it was tossed out of multiple schools in several different states. The curriculum includes no abstinence training, and Planned Parenthood has boasted about the supposed effectiveness of it. However, research indicates the opposite. 

A report from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Adolescent Health found these types of programs are a failure in schools. The report reads: 

[H]alf billion dollars of spending and half a decade of work has failed to produce the effective sex education programs promised. In fact, a closer look at the data from the HHS office shows that in some cases, the federally-funded sex education programs helped contribute to an increase of pregnancy and sexual exploration in teenagers, while other programs didn’t impact behavior changes at all. While those supporting these sex education programs, including Planned Parenthood, have lauded the “evidence-based” curricula they provide, the results show evidence of widespread failure. 

Another study released by the Institute for Research & Evaluation concluded with similar results. Reviewing 60 studies of 40 sex education programs in schools along with 43 studies of 39 programs, results showed “little evidence that [comprehensive sex education] programs are effective at producing positive impact on their participants.” 

In fact, a review of 16 of the studies found a correlation between negative teen sexual behavior and comprehensive sexual education.

This makes sense, as Monica Cline, a former sexual health educator for Planned Parenthood, explained that reduced sexual activity is not the organization’s goal. Cline was instructed by her employer not to teach girls about safe sex, but to encourage it while pushing for birth control and abortions.

READ: New analysis: Comprehensive sex ed in schools may actually be harming students

“Risk reduction is simply telling [girls] how to make the high risk safer by using lubrication and condoms,” Cline said. “… The sex education grooms them for promiscuity. Grooms them for STD treatment, and grooms them for abortion.”

Cline left her job after attempting to use what she learned from a human trafficking conference to help Planned Parenthood staffers know what to watch for in clients and how to report it. She claims they laughed at her and said, “Honey, if she’s not having sex with this man this month, she’ll be having sex with another man next month.”

Live Action’s own undercover investigations have shown that Planned Parenthood promotes dangerous sexual practices to teens (click here to see full episodes of Live Action’s SEXED investigation):

 

Planned Parenthood’s latest attempt to teach young people about the need for advancing reproductive health is merely another way of blurring the line between education and political agenda. This is further evidenced by their refusal to support abstinence programs. Studies show abstinent teens tend to fare better psychologically and perform better academically than their peers who are sexually active.

Eighty percent of parents want schools to teach teenagers to refrain from casual sex, according to researchers, and with good reason. Abstinence education has proven effective not only when it comes to reducing sexual activity prior to marriage, but these programs assist teens with developing character traits that are shown to positively impact their future. 

Of course, Planned Parenthood’s online sessions are unlikely to teach any of this. No matter the risks it poses to their physical and mental health, the corporation has a profit interest in encouraging promiscuous behavior in adolescents. Teaching teenagers the value of waiting for a committed partnership and being cautious about engaging in sexual intercourse would make them less likely to seek abortions. It’s time more people learned about the benefits of sexual risk avoidance (abstinence) education instead of allowing Planned Parenthood — which financially profits from sexual promiscuity — unfettered access to teens.

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