The last place a Planned Parenthood facility should be is, well, anywhere, but especially not in a high school. All eyes are on Reading, Pennsylvania this week as the Philadelphia-based pro-abortion group AccessMatters will be lobbying the Reading School Board to establish a taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood as a health center in Reading High School.
ACTION ITEM: Send an email to the Reading School Board members, telling them that we don’t need (or want) Planned Parenthood in our schools. Go here to send them an email right away.
While the center would not be committing abortions in-house, their plans to counsel, distribute free condoms along with their educational materials, and refer girls for abortions at the nearby Planned Parenthood Keystone are problematic.
Firstly, it’s easy to see their motivations. High school and college age women are their primary abortion clients, so they stand a lot to gain by molding young girls into future customers. If the ‘confidential counseling’ they intend to provide at this high school location is anything like the counseling they do at regular Planned Parenthood facilities, there are definitely grounds for concern.
A giant, scandal-ridden organization who has been caught many times (during ‘counseling’) covering up sexual abuse and statutory rape, child prostitution, and helping teens find creative ways to lie to their parents about their sexual lives and abortions should not be granted a direct line to vulnerable high school girls.
Even if, very hypothetically, Planned Parenthood was not intending to do abortion referrals, their sexual education program has problems of its own. A new British study by their Journal of Health Economics found that teen pregnancy actually decreases as spending on sex-ed decreases. It turns out that giving free condoms to high schoolers and telling them that everyone has sex actually encourages them to do just that. If we’re being honest about the research, Reading High School would be a lot better off without it.
As usual, there are tons of better options. If Reading is really looking to better serve its young women who find themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy, they’d be much better off inviting a pregnancy help organization or even a federally qualified health center. These girls don’t deserve Planned Parenthood’s “you can’t do it” mentality.
Perhaps the graduation rate of students who choose life isn’t as high as it should be because of organizations like this that stand to make a profit by providing misleading information. Friends of Students for Life are probably familiar with our Pregnant on Campus initiative, which actively fosters a culture of love and tangible support for pregnant and parenting students. If the board members at Reading are truly working towards providing the best option for their students, Planned Parenthood sits at the bottom of their list of options.
Right now, AccessMatters and Planned Parenthood are gearing up to try to convince the board members at Reading High School to let them in and give young women their biased spin on sexuality and abortion.
“We are deeply concerned about young women’s access to healthcare and education, yet we believe that such access must be holistic and non-violent,” said Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America. “We must prioritize comprehensive, non-biased resources, like Federally Qualified Health Centers, over organizations that have an incentive to profit off of abortion, like Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion vendor.”
“If Planned Parenthood is allowed to be inside Reading High School, they are going to replicate this model in high schools – and likely middle schools – across the country. They cannot be allowed prime access to our children.”
The actual vote happens on June 28th – and SFLA won’t be missing that either. If you’re in the area, please consider joining us in person those days (Facebook event page here):
WHERE: 800 Washington St., Reading, PA
WHEN: Wednesday, June 21st at 5pm and Wednesday, June 28th at 6pm
Don’t forget to send an email to the Reading School Board members, telling them that we don’t need (or want) Planned Parenthood in our schools. Go here to send them an email right away.