Expelling Planned Parenthood From Schools

It is widely known that many American schools allow Planned Parenthood and similar organizations on campus to discuss abortion, birth control, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other issues related to the sexual activity of students. What is not so widely known is that Planned Parenthood gives away nothing for free. True, the students might not pay, but the taxpayers do, through Title X grants from the government. For Planned Parenthood to get its money, it needs to have access to the students — and the money comes even more through the birth control pills and STD treatments than it does through the abortions.

In other words, not only does Planned Parenthood bring its morally corrupted message to our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, but by doing so it gets the money it needs to continue to become more powerful and effective — and that money comes from us.

Numerous efforts have been undertaken for decades to de-fund Planned Parenthood by legislation, or to appeal to schools in the name of fairness and moral concerns to stop inviting Planned Parenthood into their classrooms.

We now have a new way to accomplish these goals. You may have heard by now that new evidence has been collected demonstrating that the overwhelming majority of abortion facilities nationwide break the law by failing to report statutory rape. The clinics, in fact, have the duty to report any suspected sexual abuse of minors. When minors come to them for abortions, birth control, or pregnancy testing, that is all the evidence they need to make a report.

Litigation is now being launched nationwide against these abortion clinics, and Planned Parenthood is going to be a key defendant.

Here's where the schools come in. If your school district refers students to Planned Parenthood, and they in turn get into a lawsuit for failure to report, the school is exposed to legal trouble as well, because they can be guilty of negligent referral. If they get embroiled in a lawsuit, it is your tax money — whether you have a student in the school or not — that will have to pay for it.

Every school district in America has been sent a letter alerting them to this problem. Now, Priests for Life will coordinate an effort to have concerned taxpayers go to their school board meetings and ask questions like the following:

•What is our School District doing to insure that the employees who provide referrals adhere to state laws requiring the reporting of sexual activity by underage children?

•How is our School District protecting itself legally against possible claims against it?

Right now the American people are taking seriously the issue of adults sexually abusing children and having it covered up by major institutions. Moreover, school boards are notoriously timid when it comes to knowingly exposing their districts to lawsuits. This effort can lead thousands of school districts to closet their doors to Planned Parenthood!

We need people to go to their school board meetings. We will provide guidance, and specific questions that need to be raised. If you want to help, contact Priests for Life, Child Protection Project, PO Box 141172, Staten Island, NY 10314, (718) 980-4400, ext. 297; email: mail@priestsforlife.org; Website: www.priestsforlife/schools.org.

This update courtesy of the Priests for Life newsletter. You may contact Priests for Life at PO Box 141172, Staten Island, NY 10314; Tel: 888-PFL-3448 or 718-980-4400; Fax: 718-980-6515; Email: mail@priestsforlife.org; Website: www.priestsforlife.org.

Fr. Frank Pavone


Father Frank A. Pavone is an American Roman Catholic priest and pro-life activist. He is the National Director of Priests for Life and serves as the Chairman and Pastoral Director of Rachel's Vineyard.

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