February 16, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Planned Parenthood is suing the federal government for cutting short funding to a sex ed program that allegedly tries to reduce teen pregnancy.
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program (TPP) began under President Obama. It’s an “evidence-based program that funds diverse organizations working to prevent teen pregnancy across the United States.”
But the Trump administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is ending TPP two years early. Planned Parenthood – America’s largest abortion vendor – and several other TPP grant recipients are suing over losing grant money.
Some of programs funded by TPP include sex ed classes taught through Planned Parenthood and an app that teaches 15-year-olds about condoms (“Put One On”).
A Colorado organization that received $749,900 in annual funding from the TPP advocates for “youth” having access to “safe, legal, and confidential reproductive and sexual health services… including abortion.”
This organization, Colorado Youth Matter, supports “LGBT inclusive sex ed” instructing children about homosexuality and transgenderism starting in kindergarten.
Another grantee, the Baltimore-based Healthy Teen Network, received an annual $723,000. It supports “the full range of contraceptive options” for teenagers, affirming “LGBTQ+” lifestyles for youth, and the integration of sex education into “all educational levels and programs and across the academic curriculum.”
Lawyers from Planned Parenthood, Democracy Forward, Public Citizen, and Arnold & Porter are representing the liberal sex ed promoters in federal courts in Washington state, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.
Contrary to popular myths, contraception use does not reduce abortion numbers. Social scientist Dr. Michael New has written about this extensively.
Mary Anne Mosack, the Executive Director of the advocacy group Ascend, told LifeSiteNews it isn’t enough to teach kids about contraception and consent to try to reduce risks.
“It’s important that we eliminate risk rather than simply reduce it,” she said. “I commend HHS for actually ending programs that don’t work and re-assessing so that we can get this right…the bottom line has to be the health of the youth.”
“Three of the [TPP] programs actually had negative effects” and increased sexual initiation, pregnancy, or oral sex, Mosack explained. They were “not effective” yet “we spent almost a billion dollars on those programs during the Obama administration.”
An undercover investigation by Live Action revealed Planned Parenthood employees giving teens sex advice about whipping, asphyxiation, and “pooping” on partners.
Leslie Kantor, Planned Parenthood’s Vice President of Education, said the Trump administration is trying “to impose its beliefs on everyone” by axing TPP funding.
TPP “has helped millions of young people stay safe and healthy,” she claimed.
“It’s really not in the best interest of youth to continue these particular programs that are not effective,” Mosack told LifeSiteNews. “It is not enough to simply reduce risk. We are going for the elimination of risk for all students. We believe that every student really needs to have the opportunity to achieve optimal health.”