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Planned Parenthood’s Sex Miseducation

Planned Parenthood boasts that it is the nation’s largest sex education provider, “reaching 1.2 million people a year through education and outreach.” Recently, a video from its sex education curricula made for middle school and high school students went viral on several right-leaning social media accounts.

In the Sex Education 101 video, a Planned Parenthood sex educator in bright colors and quirky glasses explains in an obnoxiously perky voice about virginity. In it, she states that “Virginity is a completely made-up concept. It was a term created simply to control and shame people.” That sounds like pushing a particular permissive philosophy on sex instead of just educating on the facts of life. The “educator” continues:

Another reason the idea of virginity is complete nonsense is that sex means different things to different people. Generally speaking, society tends to define sex in a very narrow way: penetration—penis into vagina. But where does that definition leave queer people or folks who can’t or don’t have penis and vagina sex and choose to have oral, anal, or another type of sex instead?…

It’s time to throw away the notion of losing your virginity. What if instead of “losing something,” we reframe it as “gaining.”?

I’ll stop there. Clearly, this woman is trying to downplay losing one’s virginity to children and thus encouraging sexual promiscuity. Many folks are justifiably outraged over these videos, especially since they were made for those under 18. But these videos aren’t even close to the worst of it.

A Deep Dive

I took a deep dive into some of the sex education lessons offered by Planned Parenthood online to students in California and Nevada, so you don’t have to. I’ll share some of the lowlights.

Planned Parenthood describes its digital curricula for middle school and high school students as a “3.5-hour Digital Learning Journey [where] students follow an animated story while exploring sex ed topics through interactive activities, videos, quizzes, and resources.” They charge a sliding scale of $0–$10 for the course per student, supplemented by our tax dollars.

As the overview video about the curricula states, “Students become inspired to advocate for their (and other people’s) rights, especially regarding autonomy and equity regarding one’s sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.” During the lessons, students also learn how to access to Planned Parenthood’s text chat, which is available 24 hours a day to answer all their sex education questions. Planned Parenthood’s trained health educators are available live on the other end of the chat, ready to mentor other people’s children about sex. How would you like your child to have 24-hour access to texting a Planned Parenthood worker about sex? Again, it is funded by your tax dollars. I wonder how many of those private conversations between confused children and adults at Planned Parenthood led to parents getting a visit from their local CPS office for not affirming a minor’s gender delusion.

In the high school curricula videos, the students meet Ty, one of the animated characters in their story-based approach to teaching. Ty is a sophomore (who has they/them pronouns, but the animated character looks like a boy) in high school. He finds themselves in a complicated online relationship with “gamer boy.” Meanwhile, his best friend Eric secretly develops feelings for him. Since when did sex education include students learning about a queer love triangle? How is this essential to their learning and overall health? Short answer: It isn’t.

Another animated story highlights the character Rose, a black girl who was raped at a party and confided in her teacher. The teacher’s classroom is decorated with a pride flag and a Black Lives Matter poster. The teacher also has a “Be Kind” shirt and several arm tattoos. This signals students taking this course that the most left-leaning teacher on campus is the one to confide in about their trauma and dark secrets as opposed to, let’s say, their parents or a certified counselor?! The animated student, Rose, confides in the teacher about her sexual assault, and the teacher tells the student that she is here if you need anything or want to continue talking about her sexual assault.

I want to make it clear that in all my 15 years as a public school teacher, not once were we trained on how to counsel students who were sexually assaulted. This is not an appropriate role for a teacher, and they should be referring this student to a counselor and sharing with the student’s parents what their child shared. Teachers are also mandated reporters, meaning that if a students tells them about abuse, they are required to report it. Planned Parenthood is pushing an agenda to have the most radical members of the already left-leaning teaching profession be our nation’s students’ gender, sexuality, and sexual trauma counselors when that is not their role.

Federal Funding

Then there’s the funding: 43 percent of Planned Parenthood’s revenues came from government reimbursements and grants. Planned Parenthood received $1.78 billion in taxpayer funds between fiscal years 2019 and 2021, including 90 million in small business loans during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new government report. In addition to this, a study from the Claremont Institute found that Planned Parenthood received 80 percent of the sex education funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Our tax dollars are funding the radical curriculum that I just shared with you. Let that sink in. Are you angry yet?

All of this is outrageous to the point of being exasperating. Add to it all the history of Planned Parenthood—an organization founded on eugenics and, indeed, racial bigotry. This should rightly exclude it from acceptance in today’s hypersensitive society, but it is being funded by American tax dollars to destroy the innocence of our nation’s children.

But we must not let the absurdity of it all overwhelm us, to discourage us into shock and inaction. Our children must be protected from this predatory organization at any cost, as there is no price too high to pay to defend our kids.

Kali Fontanilla

Kali is serving as CRC’s Senior fellow, particularly focusing on topics related to K-12 public education. She has 15 years of experience as a credentialed educator working in public and…
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