A 12-year-old girl in Washington recently came home crying, her father says, after being subjected to a sex education curriculum that focuses heavily on gender identity — a curriculum Planned Parenthood calls “positive and healthy.” But it wasn’t so positive or healthy for Jason Peterson’s daughter.
Peterson is a single father of five, and two of his older children had previously taken sex education courses through the Sequim School District, so he thought his 12-year-old daughter would be learning the same things. “I assume, like most other parents, that we would be covering pregnancies, STDs and all of those things that you want your kids to know about,” Peterson told local Fox station KCPQ-TV. But instead, he says, “They told her that if she was into fishing and wearing athletic gear, or playing basketball, that those were boy things. And that would mean that she was a boy inside and that she was gay.” Peterson added, “They’re discriminating… against her identity…. Twenty out of 32 pages are generated to gender identity. It’s heavily weighted towards that. It’s biased toward that.”
Yet Planned Parenthood claims this school district’s curriculum, known as FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health), “[r]est[s] on a foundation of positive and healthy sexuality across the lifespan” and “addresses such issues as physical development, promotion of sexual health, body image, interpersonal relationships, personal safety, and gender roles in a developmentally and age-appropriate context.”
But many parents besides Peterson did not feel that this curriculum was age-appropriate… or appropriate at all, given the excessive number of pages devoted to gender identity instead of on things like preventing pregnancy and STDs.
Planned Parenthood’s view, then, appears to be that telling a 12-year-old girl that she might really be a boy inside, or even gay, is “positive and healthy sexuality.” But Planned Parenthood’s view of “healthy sexuality” has never actually been healthy. A five-year report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health showed that comprehensive sex education programs, including those endorsed and taught by Planned Parenthood, have been a complete failure in achieving their stated goals. As previously reported by Live Action News:
What is supposed to be “comprehensive sex ed” curricula that would reduce risky sexual behavior and reduce teen pregnancy has not delivered, as the summary report from HHS reveals. Among the Planned Parenthood recipients mentioned in the HHS report are Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, which received $477,790, and Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, which received a whopping $4 million.
The most disturbing finding from the results of the $4 million that Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest received is the failure of the program to deliver as promised. This grant used the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) “evidence-based intervention.” However, the evaluation of the program revealed, among other things, that “TOP females reported becoming pregnant at a higher rate than females receiving the alternative program.”
And it’s really no wonder. Planned Parenthood isn’t in the business of encouraging adolescents to wait for sex at all. Instead, they’ve even been caught on video encouraging deviant and dangerous sexual behaviors, as seen in Live Action’s Sex Ed series (Content warning – Episodes 1, 2, 3, and 4):
Parents, in many instances, are becoming more aware of Planned Parenthood’s infiltration into the schools, into the sex education of their children — and they’re not happy about the country’s number one abortion profiteer having that role.
According to the KCPQ-TV report, while school districts can determine how the FLASH curriculum is implemented, the Sequim School District has halted the program until a discussion group can address “which standards need to be met to make sure content is age-appropriate for… students.” The curriculum is said to “align with CDC National Health Education Standards and the National Sexuality Education Standards, which includes treating people with respect and dignity” — but for at least one 12-year-old girl who came home confused and crying, made to feel ashamed for enjoying activities like fishing and sports, Planned Parenthood’s version of sex education is neither healthy nor respectful.