Chicago public schools paid Planned Parenthood at least $2 million under Duncan’s watch
By Rita Diller
How many times and how many ways can Planned Parenthood say that it is reducing teen pregnancy with its horrifyingly graphic, immoral sex education when evidence shows quite the contrary to be true?
With Planned Parenthood’s own Guttmacher Institute conducting all of the studies on the efficacy of its programs, and Planned Parenthood supervising its own programs in schools, it sometimes appears our teens are doomed to never-ending abuse by the abortion-mongering, sex-hawking organization that exists to “liberate” our society from sexual mores and kill any preborn babies that may get in the way of its push toward “sexual rights” for all, including children.
One case in point is Robeson High School in Chicago. The school made headlines recently because of a revelation that one in seven of its female students is pregnant.
Some media outlets jumped on the opportunity to blame the high pregnancy rate on the fact that the parents are not doing enough at home and that the school is encouraging pregnancy by helping pregnant teens continue with their education.
No mention was made of the fact that Planned Parenthood has been a highly paid consultant with the Chicago public school system for years.
From February 27, 2001, through August 31, 2004, Planned Parenthood was awarded $1,608,100 in consulting fees by Chicago public schools “on a non-competitive basis because of Consultant’s unique qualifications to provide a teen pregnancy prevention program.” (Emphasis added.) The money emanated from the school’s operating fund.
In return, Planned Parenthood was to provide a teen pregnancy prevention program for seventh and ninth graders in 45 Chicago public schools. Students were also given special times to access Planned Parenthood’s places of business “for support and guidance.”
Incredibly, Planned Parenthood was given authority to oversee itself and “assess the program’s efficiency and evaluate participating students’ progress in the program.”
From September 1, 2004, through August 31, 2006, an additional $1 million was awarded to Planned Parenthood for the same “services.” It continued to allow the group to monitor itself and left open the option of renewal for two more time periods.
In 2006, the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, which includes Planned Parenthood, led the charge to remove any vestiges of “abstinence-only” education from Chicago public schools by holding a fundraiser at the headquarters of Playboy Enterprises.
The Chicago Board of Education adopted a requirement that “students in sixth grade and beyond” take a comprehensive sex education program (of the Planned Parenthood type) beginning in 2007. (Emphasis added.)
According to a 2006 news report from the Chicago Tribune,
The new program ... [will] provide “age-appropriate and medically accurate information concerning the emotional, psychological, physiological, hygienic and social responsibility aspects of family life.”
The courses will be taught in Grades 6 through 12 and include instruction on how to prevent pregnancy through abstinence and contraception, as well as the emotional and psychological consequences of premarital sex and pregnancy.
And who was overseeing the Chicago public schools from 2001 to 2008, when Planned Parenthood was paid in excess of $2 million to reduce teen pregnancy? None other than Arne Duncan, who was appointed U.S. Secretary of Education in January of this year.
It’s enough to make a grown woman cry. But instead of crying, it’s time to shout. Planned Parenthood must be removed from our schools and our communities. Parents must educate their local school board members about the immorality of Planned Parenthood programs and the dangers they pose to our children.
STOPP’s proven plan for defeating Planned Parenthood includes a strategy for defeating its sex education programs. Time and time again, when parents have followed this plan, they have been successful in getting Planned Parenthood removed from local schools. Don’t wait for someone else to do it. Act now to protect our children from the hellish vice of Planned Parenthood that holds our children hostage to the slavery of unbridled sex and its consequences, and steals their very souls.
Guest commentator Rita Diller is the national director of STOPP at American Life League.