It took a while, but Planned Parenthood in Florida is using the recent hurricanes as a public relations tool. The two Planned Parenthood affiliates in the state—Planned Parenthood of South, East, and North Florida and Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida—set up a hurricane emergency fund to provide selected services free to victims of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. According to the organizations’ websites, the free services will NOT include surgical or medical abortion, but will include birth control options (a three month supply of birth control pills or one shot of Depo-Provera), testing and/or treatment of infections, and the Emergence contraceptive pill. Although medical and surgical abortions are not included, the birth control methods provided will kill some babies in the womb by blocking implantation. So, once again, Planned Parenthood is responding to a major natural disaster by offering free services that will kill additional human beings.
In an effort that confirms what we all know—that Planned Parenthood is primarily in the sex business—Planned Parenthood is the only recipient of a fundraising event tonight and tomorrow in Dayton, Ohio. All the Sex Monologues is a production that “highlights perspectives on relationships, identity, and all things sex through real, honest voices.” The production is put on by PUSH Dayton, a local group that advances sexual health awareness in the greater Dayton area on behalf of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio. All proceeds from the show will benefit Planned Parenthood’s downtown Dayton center.
Parents in Spokane, Washington, have recently achieved a major victory over Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has been fighting hard to get its offensive sex education program, Get Real, into the Spokane public schools. Back in June, a citizen’s advisory committee reviewed and approved the program and the school board was scheduled to vote on it June 28. Parents raised significant concerns and the board canceled the vote and sent the program back for more review. On September 27, the advisory committee voted, once again, to approve the curriculum. However, just this week, staff of the school district told board members that, because of the continuing concerns of parents, they have decided not to implement the Planned Parenthood program. They will, instead, use the same process they have used in the past and select individual lessons for presentation to the students. The district’s chief academic officer told the board: “What we are proposing is that we continue that historical practice of looking at each topic individually.”
According to the Spokesman-Review, Rachel Todd, Planned Parenthood’s education director, said: “It’s disappointing but it’s not surprising. I think there has just been a lot of push back.” Nikki Lockwood, an education activist, parent, and member of the committee, expressed her disappointment as well: “All the work derailed by a vocal minority.” Pastor John Repsold, a member of the citizen’s advisory committee, was happy to hear the news. He thinks that a “significant segment of Spokane” was against the curriculum. “We can probably do a better job than this (Get Real),” he said. Repsold is a pastor at the evangelical Mosaic Fellowship.
This whole situation in Spokane shows what concerned citizens can do if they will get involved and not be afraid to take a stand.