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Planned Parenthood held a conference for children, without their parents, that included distribution of a book deemed pornography by critics.
The “Nobody’s Fool” 2004 conference in Waco, Texas, this week was from start to finish a “thinly veiled attack on parental rights, public morality and the health and well-being of our children,” asserted Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League’s STOPP International, a group that monitors Planned Parenthood.
Parents were not permitted to attend the conference, which was limited to children in the fifth through ninth grades, ages 10-14, Sedlak said.
“Planned Parenthood barred mothers and fathers from attending the actual sessions because Planned Parenthood knows that parental participation would have hampered its efforts to indoctrinate these children into its world of lies and propaganda,” he contended.
Children in grades seven through nine received a free copy of the book, “It’s Perfectly Normal.”
The controversial sex-ed primer contains detailed explanations on how to perform sexual acts and masturbation, accompanied by sexually explicit line drawings.
“This so-called ‘educational text’ is nothing more than pornography in comic book form,” stated Sedlak.
This is irresponsible at best and child abuse at worst,” he added.
On its website, Planned Parenthood of Central Texas says the purpose of the conference is “to provide teens and pre-teens with factual information about growing up, puberty, dating, relationships, sexual issues and sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS.”
The group says, “We hope this education will encourage better communication between teens and their parents. Most of all, we want your teen or pre-teen to learn how to make the most of his or her strengths and approach relationships of all kinds responsibly.”
One year ago, John Pisciotta, a Baylor University economics professor, led a successful boycott of the Bluebonnet Council of the Girl Scouts in Waco because of its co-sponsorship of last year’s “Nobody’s Fool” conference.
Planned Parenthood passed out a book, that included the Girl Scouts logo and chapters on masturbation and homosexuality, to young girls. The book also had images of couples having sex and a boy wearing a condom.
Pisciotta took action after the council named Texas Planned Parenthood Executive Director Pam Smallwood its 2003 “Woman of Distinction.”
As a result of national attention gained by the boycott, parents began removing their girls from the Scouts, leading to the closure of several troops and a decision by the council to not sponsor future conferences.
In an editorial in the Waco Tribune-Herald, Smallwood responded: “The children of Central Texas now have been given the clear message that the bullying tactics of a few are more successful than an informed democracy.”
STOPP International has worked closely over the past several years with Pro-Life Waco to reduce Planned Parenthood’s influence on their community, notes Sedlak.
But the problems will persist, he says, “until parents and all people of good will across the nation stand together to oppose Planned Parenthood’s continued assault on our families and children.”