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When this press release from the American Life League passed by my desk this evening, I couldn't even wave my usual fist, sigh my usual sigh, or give a good barbaric yawp. Screeds like this often leave me in that space, bizarrely feeling like I've been somehow redeposited in time to the McCarthy Era, but this one was a real doozy: I feel like someone dosed my dinner.
"We're Celebrating - And Planned Parenthood Knows Why, Says American Life League
WASHINGTON, July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is an op-ed by Jim Sedlak, American Life League:
For the last week, we here at American Life League have been celebrating the enactment of a law in Missouri that deals, in part, with human sexuality education in schools. The specific wording in the new law that has us in a joyous mood is:
No school district or charter school, or its personnel or agents, shall provide abortion services, or permit a person or entity to offer, sponsor, or furnish in any manner any course materials or instruction relating to human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases to its students if such
person or entity is a provider of abortion services.
These words will block Planned Parenthood from being able to come into Missouri schools with its sex education programs. It cannot even provide its pamphlets or brochures for use in the schools. Thus, this new law shuts off a major means Planned Parenthood uses to get to Missourians' children.
We have always maintained that the Planned Parenthood sex education programs are the supply column to the abortion centers. Children learn it is okay to have sex, as long as they use Planned Parenthood's birth control products to reduce their chances of getting pregnant, and that it's okay to have abortions when they do get pregnant. As they pass through puberty and their hormones kick in, they begin to act on what they have learned in school. They get involved in sexual activity, buy Planned Parenthood products, get pregnant and have abortions. In fact, Planned Parenthood reports that a majority of those having abortions were using birth control in the month they got pregnant. This is a cycle that frequently repeats itself.
Any measure that cuts off Planned Parenthood's ability to teach its sex education programs interrupts the supply column and slows down the abortion juggernaut.
But Planned Parenthood's human sexuality education programs are not just about abortion. They are, in fact, programs specifically designed to bring new customers into Planned Parenthood's clinics.
Permitting a profit-based organization to come into a school and be given access to impressionable students for the purpose of pushing its ideology and its products is a clear conflict. --"
There's more to read here, full of some REALLY bizarre stuff (more bizarre and equally as stupid as going on about a profit-based organization in reference to a registered non-profit, or coming to the conclusion that somehow we've managed to grossly the planet for millennia even though, according to him, only since the dawn of sex ed in schools would any young person decide to go and have sex), but that sentence right there is what stopped me in my tracks before I could even utter a word.
"...to come into a school and be given access to impressionable students for the purpose of pushing its ideology and its products is a clear conflict."
I gotta say, on that senetnce -- and that one alone? I'm right there with you, Jim. I'm also wondering if there are mirrors in Mr. Sedlak's home, and if he's taken a good look in one lately.
If you've never read Sedlak before, just go ahead and do read the rest of the press release: I promise, however awful it is in terms of a total disrespect for women's rights, it's outer-limits enough that you'll laugh -- or just sit here with your jaw hanging open like me, who is still slack-jawed and thinking I've heard drunken homeless men in my neighborhood be more lucid -- more than you cry. But if you want to get REALLY creeped out? Go ahead and do a blog search on Google for him, and pay attention to how very many people actually give this guy the time of day.