The fight to keep Texas Pro-Life must take place at every level of our government and culture. One of the most important battlegrounds is education, and the abortion mob knows this. A recent example from California shows what happens when the abortion industry gets a foothold in the school system. There is no more powerful way to groom the next generation of abortion clients than spreading misinformation through direct access to young people in our schools.
MSN reports that Planned Parenthood is “pioneering a new model of reproductive health services for Los Angeles teens.” Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, will have virtually unfettered access to Los Angeles high school students to advertise dangerous lifestyles and abortion “services.” The “pioneering” program will involve America’s Abortion Corporation opening 50 “health centers” at Los Angeles area public high schools.
Los Angeles County will use taxpayer dollars for an initial $10 million, and Planned Parenthood will shell out $6 million over three years in return for access to an estimated 75,000 teens as young as 13. The article clarifies that the “health centers” “will offer a full range of birth control options, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy counseling, but not abortion.” Well, that is reassuring. The organization that is responsible for killing more than 320,000 preborn babies in elective abortion each year will not be able to commit abortions on underage students on school property using taxpayer dollars. Surely, the abortion business wouldn’t tell pregnant teens to go to their neighborhood Planned Parenthood to undergo an abortion as part of these “health” services.
Given the information that Planned Parenthood has given young teens in the name of “sexual education” there is no assurance that Planned Parenthood will not be peddling the same lies and encouraging the same dangerous practices that do not match the values of the many Pro-Life families who are part of the public education system. In documented undercover investigations, Planned Parenthood employees have been caught encouraging BDSM, statutory rape, covering up abuse, and encouraging minors to lie about their age to undergo an abortion without alerting law enforcement.
Sadly, many California parents will not know about the abortion business’s activities with their children. California law allows minors to consent to certain medical services, including receiving birth control from abortion businesses, and the health care providers are legally forbidden from informing parents or guardians without the minor’s consent.
We should not be surprised to see such a radical infiltration of the abortion industry into taxpayer-funded public high schools. Earlier this year, anti-Life California Governor Gavin Newsom enthusiastically signed legislation into law requiring public colleges and universities to commit medication abortions at campus health centers for free.
Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and an ally of the abortion industry, told MSN she wants to call the Planned Parenthood clinics “Wellbeing Centers.” She claimed, “We want to support their general well-being, the ups and downs of being a teen.”
California teens deserve to know that ending the life of their preborn child does not need to be one of the “downs” of their teen years, and Planned Parenthood is a lucrative and predatory abortion business that is not interested in their “wellbeing.”
Pro-Lifers in California have voiced opposition to the radical program. Sister Paula Vandegaer told MSN, “I am against them being in the schools,” she said. “They all have school nurses, and there’s no need for Planned Parenthood to co-opt the normal program for health in the school.” She added that Planned Parenthood’s agenda “pushes sexuality beyond where they should without reference to families.”
In opposition to similar programs attempted by Planned Parenthood, Students for Life of America pointed out, “All of this is really just an opportunity for Planned Parenthood to force their way into schools and sell more abortions.”
Despite these reasonable objections to the abortion business’s intrusion on public schools, Pro-Life families will likely not be able to protect their teens. This is the reason Texas Right to Life fought so hard to pass a Pro-Life budget amendment barring abortion providers and affiliates from teaching sex education or providing the curriculum for human sexuality instruction. The hearts and minds of our youth are at stake; we must never stop fighting back the abortion industry and working to keep Texas Pro-Life strong.