Iowa has not completely defunded Planned Parenthood, yet. But it has an opportunity to do so. Currently there is $260,000 of federal funding that Iowa controls that goes to Planned Parenthood for teaching sex education.
Contracts last 3-5 years and expire in 2019. They’ll be renewed for 3-4 years, which means the legislature must act now in order to truly defund Planned Parenthood in Iowa.
Organizations that provide abortions and teach sex education have conflicting interests. Abortion providers make money off crisis pregnancies in teens. There is no financial incentive to reduce teen pregnancies or to reduce the sexual involvement of teens. In order to make money, they rely on teens being sexually active.
Former abortion clinic owner Carol Everett reportedly told participants in 2014 the way to sell abortion is through sex education. According to lifesitenews.com, Everett ran a chain of four abortion clinics in Texas from 1977-83. She eventually converted and departed from the abortion industry.
“We started in kindergarten. In kindergarten you put the children in a circle and you go around the room and you ask them all the same question: ‘What do your parents call your private parts?'”
Since families refer to those private parts differently, students offered different answers.
“So by the time you reach the third or fourth child it is clear to those children that parents simply do not know what they have. But we did. We said: ‘Boys, this is what you have and girls, this is what you have and don’t be ashamed of your private parts,'” Everett said.
New information shows the most comprehensive evaluation of Planned Parenthood teaching the Teen Outreach Program showed an increase in teen pregnancy.
A 2016 study where six different Planned Parenthood affiliates taught the Teen Outreach Program across five states with 7,000 students showed it “did not have an impact.” No impact was masked as boys reported causing fewer pregnancies while more women reported being pregnant.
A short-term sample showed failure that was more evident. Both men and women reported more pregnancies than students who hadn’t participated. The study said “among males, females, and non-Hispanics, TOP students were significantly more likely than controls to have ever been pregnant or to have caused a pregnancy.”
In order for the state of Iowa to finish defunding Planned Parenthood, it needs to act soon. That means if you are someone who doesn’t want your tax dollars going to an abortion provider for sex education, you need to contact Republican legislators.