Two pro-abortion groups on Wednesday filed lawsuits in federal court seeking to block changes to the Title X family-planning program. Planned Parenthood and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association argue a new set of guidelines and priorities released in February by the Department of Health and Human Services will reduce access to some contraceptive methods, limit sexual education for teens, and result in more unintended pregnancies.
| In Hawaii, sex education programs go by different names—abstinence, comprehensive—depending on who’s doling out the money
Emily Belz | 9/07/17, 11:56 am
Forgive Hawaii parents for being confused about what sex education their children are getting in public school. Sex ed programs in the tropical state use different descriptors based on money and political power—a practice that sometimes occurs elsewhere in the country as well. And Hawaii parents don’t typically have access to sex ed curriculum beyond a description posted on school websites.
| American sex ed is scattershot, but groups aligned with Planned Parenthood are pushing highly explicit curricula
Emily Belz | 8/29/17, 08:00 pm
When Ashley Bever learned from family friends that her 11-year-old daughter would receive sexual education at her San Diego public school, she asked the program coordinator for the district to let her see the curriculum. The coordinator was “reluctant,” said Bever, a substitute teacher in the local school district, but Bever was eventually able to see the material—called “Rights, Respect, Responsibility.”
| New advice recommends parents embrace gender identity for kids at all ages, ignoring evidence of serious risks
Kiley Crossland | 7/28/17, 02:02 pm
Planned Parenthood released updated parental guidance this week on how to talk to kids about sex.
The new website—while maintaining its progressive stance on sex and sexuality—added pages of new advice on how parents should talk about and respond to their children regarding gender identity and transgenderism, including sections for parents of preschoolers on how to explain the difference between gender and sex, and how to know if your child is transgender.
| British teens report fewer pregnancies, abortions after government cuts funding for teen pregnancy prevention programs
Kiley Crossland | 6/09/17, 10:45 am
Teen pregnancies in England fell dramatically after cuts to sex education program funding, according to a new study.
The analysis, published in the Journal of Health Economics last month, examined the effect of budget cuts to government-run teen pregnancy-prevention programs—including sex education, free condoms, and access to the “morning after pill”—in the last decade.
The results surprised the authors and frustrated sex-ed advocates.
Why can’t the public schools stick to reading, writing, and ’rithmetic and leave sex education to the parents? Cover basic human anatomy, but no “pregnancy prevention.” Not even abstinence.
Why would any parent, believer or unbeliever, want the government to teach their children how to use condoms, promote illicit sexual behavior, and inform them that they can destroy the unborn children that might result from this behavior? The government’s motto: Get them early and indoctrinate them while they’re young.
A student strike against a new Ontario-wide mandatory sex education curriculum cut a Toronto school’s attendance in half on the first day of classes last week. The controversial K-8 curriculum, unveiled last February, includes lessons on gender identity, homosexuality, masturbation, and consent that some parents claim are age-inappropriate and explicit.