Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Planned Parenthood goes beyond preposterous


As a staunch supporter of abstinence education,  I was stunned to learn of a article 
that “Planned Parenthood Federation is advocating that children as young as 10 be given extensive sex education, including an awareness of sex's pleasures.” Given the source of the outrageous report is International Planned Parenthood  Federation (IPPF), I guess I should not be all that surprised.

The IPPF report is entitled, “Stand & Deliver: Sex, Health and Young People in the 21st Century.”  Bert Koenders, minister for Development Cooperation for the Netherlands government, writes in the foreword, “Young people have the right to be fully informed about sexuality and to have access to contraceptives and other services.”

IPPF also states in the report, “Currently, many religious teachings deny the pleasurable and positive aspects of sex…..The reality is, young people are sexual beings.”

The report calls for access to sexual education “free of administrative restrictions and obstacles.” IPPF prefers that parental or spousal consent prior to handing out contraceptives be prohibited.  Another recommendation is that governments make sexuality instructions mandatory in school.

Keep in mind that the services Planned Parenthood claims adolescents have a right to are provided by…….Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood’s report follows another controversial report issued during August 2009 by the United Nations that suggested masturbation be taught to children as young as five years old.

Reaction to IPPF’s appalling recommendations has been fast and quite critical.

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said, “The goal of IPPF is to sexually engineer society, and one way to accomplish this feat is to smear religious conservatives, especially Catholics. This new report makes it clear that Planned Parenthood wants to bring its irresponsible ideas to bear on kids. IPPF says that, ‘The taboo on youth sexuality is one of the key forces driving the AIDS epidemic and high rates of teenage pregnancy and maternal mortality.’ Nonsense. In the 1950s, there was no sex education in the schools, the pill was not commercially available and AIDS didn’t exist. Yet the out-of-wedlock birth rate was comparatively miniscule and sexually transmitted diseases were relatively rare. All because of taboos.”

Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council agrees with Donohue saying, “If you look at what’s happened in the big picture in the 50 years since the introduction of the birth control pill for example, we have not seen a reduction in out of wedlock pregnancies, we’ve seen a vast increase. So, the effect of ready availability of contraception is not as effective in reducing unwanted pregnancies as it is effective in communicating, ‘Hey, it’s okay for you to have sex, go and do it.’”

Carol Platt Liebau, author of “Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!)," says “Normal, sensible people know that it's entirely possible to teach the facts about sex, but also to make it clear that, though wonderful at the right time with the right person, sex is only something only for those mature enough to handle its potential consequences (namely, those in a committed relationship, preferably marriage).”

Summing it up best is Marybeth Hicks, the author of “Bringing up Geeks: How to Protect Your Kid’s Childhood in a Grow-up-too-fast World.”  Hicks says,This report is secular-progressive free-sex propaganda and anti-religious bigotry disguised as public health whitepaper, and most of us will read about this report and simply think, ‘This is nuts.’ But it’s not nearly as crazy as the stuff these folks want taught in your child’s fifth grade classroom, and right now, they have the ear of the US Department of Education. Don’t say you weren’t warned.”

I concur wholeheartedly with all of these reactions to the IPPF report that is beyond preposterous. The sensitive subject of graphic and extensive sex education being taught to children as young as 10 is a decision that should be left up to parents and not our schools.

If the IPPF report sets off alarms, remember the state of Wisconsin is poised to make dramatic changes in sex education.

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