Planned Parenthood’s Coercive Big Business Lobby

On Tuesday, the Colorado House of Representatives gave preliminary approval to House Bill 13-2081, a bill that is meant to expand “sex ed” throughout Colorado’s public schools. This approval followed a “Reproductive Freedom Lobby Day”, NARAL and Planned Parenthood’s euphemism for “big business interest groups manipulating legislation.”

The “sex ed” bill purports to demand that, “…schools need to promote healthy relationships through age-appropriate, culturally sensitive, and comprehensive, evidence-based human sexuality education.” So what is so bad about that? And what does this have to do with marketing Planned Parenthood’s products and services?

Nothing sums it up better than what Alan Guttmacher, a previous president of Planned Parenthood once said, “the answer for winning the battle for elective abortion once and for all, is through sex education.”

As the bill itself states, “the information, education and skills that Colorado youth receive during their formative years provide the foundation for responsible decision-making about personal behaviors and important life decisions throughout the rest of their lives.”

It is no secret to Planned Parenthood that if you can get kids hooked on sexual deviancy and promiscuity at a young age then they will continue to buy contraception and abortions for years to come.

In Fiscal Year 2011/2012 Planned Parenthood reported an income of nearly $1.2 billion, with a profit of $87 million. Over $300,000 came from the sale of surgical and medical abortions and contraceptive drugs and devices.

However, the majority of PP’s income is not actually from its customers, but rather from tax payers. In fact, in FY 2011/2012 tax payers funded Planned Parenthood’s business operations with over half a billion dollars of grants and contracts. Colorado’s newly proposed HB13-2081 seeks to increase this amount by setting up a special cash fund in excess of $2.4 million that will be eligible only, “for the provision of comprehensive human sexuality education programs that comply with the provisions of or exceed the guidelines.”

Let’s take a look at those guidelines:

HB 13-2081: “Age-Appropriate” means topics, messages and teaching methods suitable to a particular age or age group, based on developing cognitive, emotional, and behavioral capacity typical for the age or age group.”

Planned Parenthood: ““Elementary school children should have a basic awareness of gender roles and sexual identity, and they should be comfortable with their own sexual thoughts and fantasies. Children age 9-13 should be aware that sex is a natural, pleasurable part of life. They should be familiar with birth control methods and sexually transmitted infections, older teens should have a broader understanding of human sexuality and the potentially harmful consequences of sexual relationships.”

Basically PP is saying kids should be comfortable thinking about sexual fantasies starting when they are 7, believe birth control will keep them safe when they fornicate but not learn about the potentially harmful consequences of these actions until their late teens.

HB 13-2081: “Culturally-Sensitive” includes resources, references and information that are meaningful to the experiences and needs of communities of color, immigrant communities, lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender communities…and others whose experiences have traditionally been left out of sexual health education.”

And yet later on the bill states that,” the oversight entity shall assess opportunities for available federal and state moneys to fund the program, except that the oversight entity shall not recommend applying for any federal or state moneys that promote abstinence as the sole behavior method”

So I guess that the bill says you should be “culturally sensitive” to everyone except for people who disagree with deviant sex ed programs?

HB 13-2081: “Evidence-based Program” means a program that…research has shown to be effective in changing…the following behaviors…increasing the use of condoms and other contraceptives.”

Planned Parenthood, via Alan Guttmacher again, says that the perfect sex ed program would be one by which, “children would accept contraception as naturally as breathing.”

Could this be a coincidence that a bill whose language happens to fall directly in line with the business model of the billion dollar big business known as Planned Parenthood is given preliminary approval the same day PP commands its followers to lobby Colorado’s representatives? Something makes me think not.