We're Celebrating - And Planned Parenthood Knows Why, Says American Life League

Jul 13, 2007, 01:00 ET from American Life League

    WASHINGTON, July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is an
 op-ed by Jim Sedlak, American Life League:
     For the last week, we here at American Life League have been
 celebrating the enactment of a law in Missouri that deals, in part, with
 human sexuality education in schools. The specific wording in the new law
 that has us in a joyous mood is:
     No school district or charter school, or its personnel or agents, shall
 provide abortion services, or permit a person or entity to offer, sponsor,
 or furnish in any manner any course materials or instruction relating to
 human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases to its students if such
 person or entity is a provider of abortion services.
     These words will block Planned Parenthood from being able to come into
 Missouri schools with its sex education programs. It cannot even provide
 its pamphlets or brochures for use in the schools. Thus, this new law shuts
 off a major means Planned Parenthood uses to get to Missourians' children.
     To understand why this is so important, we need to step back 34 years
 to 1973, when the Supreme Court decriminalized abortion in this country. On
 May 3 of that year, Dr. Alan Guttmacher, then president of Planned
 Parenthood Federation of America, told the Washington Star: "Then how can
 the Supreme Court decision be absolutely secured? The answer to winning the
 battle for elective abortion once and for all is sex education."
     Planned Parenthood has been fighting the abortion battle in the
 classrooms of this country for more than three decades. To illustrate just
 how Planned Parenthood uses this forum to promote the abortion agenda, you
 just have to look at a book that Planned Parenthood pushes all across the
 country. The book, It's Perfectly Normal, is intended for children age 10
 and up. On page 73 of that book, children are given nine reasons why they
 should have an abortion -- and no reasons not to have an abortion.
     We have always maintained that the Planned Parenthood sex education
 programs are the supply column to the abortion centers. Children learn it
 is okay to have sex, as long as they use Planned Parenthood's birth control
 products to reduce their chances of getting pregnant, and that it's okay to
 have abortions when they do get pregnant. As they pass through puberty and
 their hormones kick in, they begin to act on what they have learned in
 school. They get involved in sexual activity, buy Planned Parenthood
 products, get pregnant and have abortions. In fact, Planned Parenthood
 reports that a majority of those having abortions were using birth control
 in the month they got pregnant. This is a cycle that frequently repeats
     Any measure that cuts off Planned Parenthood's ability to teach its sex
 education programs interrupts the supply column and slows down the abortion
     But Planned Parenthood's human sexuality education programs are not
 just about abortion. They are, in fact, programs specifically designed to
 bring new customers into Planned Parenthood's clinics.
     The organization has been doing this for many years and it continues
 because this approach has been most effective in building its business.
 During the 1985-86 school year, we became aware that Planned Parenthood
 representatives gave a presentation to a class of seventh graders in the
 Kingston, New York school district. During the presentation, Planned
 Parenthood handed out literature on contraceptives, passed samples of
 contraceptive devices around the classroom, and even showed the children a
 price list. They pointed out that the devices were cheaper at Planned
 Parenthood than at local pharmacies.
     Permitting a profit-based organization to come into a school and be
 given access to impressionable students for the purpose of pushing its
 ideology and its products is a clear conflict. And make no mistake about
 it, Planned Parenthood, although it is officially a 501-C-3, non-profit
 organization, makes a profit from the sale of these products to our
     Just last year, for example, Planned Parenthood reported a profit of
 $55.8 million. After the incident in the Kingston schools, we began
 tracking Planned Parenthood's annual finances. We can tell you that it has
 made a profit every year since 1987 and its profits over the last 20 years
 total $705.4 million.
     According to Planned Parenthood data, 70 percent of its customers are
 under the age of 25 -- and 27 percent are under the age of 20. So high
 school and college girls are Planned Parenthood's major customers --
 exactly the ones who are reached by Planned Parenthood's sex education
 programs in the schools.
     Allowing Planned Parenthood to come into the schools to teach its
 comprehensive sex education programs, which stress so-called safer sex
 practices, is nothing less than allowing a corporate giant to pitch its
 products to our vulnerable children at our expense. It should never happen.
     Parents in the Kingston school district were outraged at the Planned
 Parenthood presentation and got the organization barred from the schools.
 This type of action by parents in individual school districts all across
 the nation has been going on for years. In many places, Planned Parenthood
 and its programs and literature have been banned from schools. It is always
 a real battle and some of the major ones are documented in my book, Parent
     Now comes the action in Missouri. Here we have a state where the
 lawmakers clearly recognize the connection between sex education and
 abortion. They also clearly understand the inherent conflict of interest in
 having Planned Parenthood hawk its programs and products in schools. Yet in
 Missouri, elected officials are willing to take a stand to protect all the
 children in the state.
     We applaud the new law in Missouri and hope that similar laws are
 passed in every state in the nation. We look forward to the day when
 Planned Parenthood can no longer come into classrooms and prey on our

SOURCE American Life League