A Tarnished Opportunity, Part 1

Mary McLellan
July 15, 2013
Mary S. McLellan, M.S., Advocacy
Healthy Family Formation
Heritage Community Services
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Charleston, SC 29492-7720

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The New Morning Foundation's (http://www.newmorningfoundation.org/) bogus and biased report entitled, A Sterling Opportunity: 25 Years After the Comprehensive Health Education Act (http://newmorningfoundation.org/UserFiles/File/A%20Sterling%20Opportunity%20with%20Intro.pdf) is being used in an attempt to influence the SC Legislature to overhaul sex education Law. The so-called Healthy Youth Amendment (H3435) still resides in the South Carolina K-12 House Subcommittee and has been exposed through our nine-part series of SCHFF newsletters. (http://www.heritageservices.org/schff/Newsletter_Archive.html)

Today's newsletter focuses on the New Morning Foundation's supposed "authoritative" document, based on outdated surveys and FOIA requests, which claims to expose whether school districts are complying with SC Law regarding "reproductive health education." The report attempts to build a case that a majority of school districts are not following the Law and should be held accountable, while at the same time ignoring parts of SC Law that the Planned Parenthood Network is violating.

As part of the Planned Parenthood Network, the New Morning Foundation is the lead agency working to overturn Sex Education Law in SC. However, they contracted the job of studying and reporting on SC school districts to the "Big Dogs" from the Texas Planned Parenthood Network. A Sterling Opportunity uses unpublished data to cleverly entrap and implicate that at least 20 school districts violated SC Law when they did not.

A Sterling Opportunity reports that: "Of the 69 districts that responded to the 2011 SCDE survey, 44% reported teaching STD and HIV prevention in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades."

On the surface, it sounds like less than half of SC school districts are complying with SC Law. Except that teaching "STD and HIV prevention" is not required in SC Law! HIV is not even mentioned in SC Law. School districts are not required under SC Law to teach students, of any grades, how to prevent STDs in middle school or in high school, other than by teaching abstinence from all sexual activity until marriage. SC Law only requires school districts to teach about STDs.

For twenty school districts that honestly reported that they did not teach STD and HIV prevention in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, this was their ONLY "violation." Yet, they are accused of violating SC Law over a requirement that does not exist. Therefore, more school districts are compliant with SC Law than what the report is implicating.

The hidden issue in all of this is the teaching of "safe sex-only" condom education in middle schools. Condoms are King in the world of Planned Parenthood-type Sex Education. If they cannot teach children how to have pleasurable safe sex experiences (http://www.heritageservices.org/pdf/H3435.pdf?utm_source=Copy+of+Wolves+in+Sheep%27s+Clothing%2C+Part+2&utm_campaign=Wolves+in+Sheep%27s+Clothing%2C+Part+1&utm_medium=email) under the guise of condom education, then they get mad. The teaching of pleasurable sex goes far beyond the requirements in SC Law to provide "reproductive health education."

By manipulating SC Law and rewriting the SC Health and Education Standards, the Planned Parenthood Network has intimidated and pushed school districts into believing they must teach "safe sex-only" condom education in middle schools, when they do not.

According to SC Law, pregnancy prevention education, and the Planned Parenthood brand of pregnancy prevention education - condom education, is only required in high school. Unless the decision is made at the local school board level to teach pregnancy prevention education in middle schools, condom education cannot legally take place. However, if pregnancy prevention education is approved at the middle school level, then condom education serves a dual purpose: condom use for pregnancy prevention and STD prevention. This is how "safe sex-only" condom education has been allowed to creep into our middle schools.

The goal of the Planned Parenthood Network now, with H3435, is to mandate pregnancy and STD prevention to younger grades, which we know means "safe sex-only" condom education. The SC Health Standards took this step several years ago by misrepresenting SC Law to imply a legal requirement to teach STD prevention education in middle schools thus intimidating school boards and their health advisory committees into approving curricula that teaches "safe sex-only" condom education, when SC Law does not require it. This is how Planned Parenthood-type Sex Education programs have multiplied throughout SC school districts over the past decades.

And, this is why H3435 is so dangerous. It will retroactively legalize Planned Parenthood-type Sex Education programs currently being taught and mandate that all school districts in the state use only those programs.

The Planned Parenthood Network wants more and more access to younger and younger students. Pushing "safe sex-only" condom education under the guise of "STD and HIV prevention" is their Trojan Horse.

It is deceitful to manipulate survey queries and information to promote a hidden agenda. They are providing false information to bully legislators into changing SC Law. Who are these people, anyway?

The lead authors of A Sterling Opportunity are David C. Wiley, the President and CEO of Health Advocates, LLC in Austin, TX and colleague Kelly Wilson. Wiley is well known throughout Texas for "safe sex-only" condom education. He not only advocates (http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/sunday-commentary/20100212-Point-Person-Our-QandA-with-4073.ece) for Planned Parenthood-type Sex Education programs (http://www.plannedparenthood.org/resources/curricula-manuals-23515.htm) , but also touts other organizations (http://www.ajpmonline.org/article/S0749-3797(11)00905-6/references) in the Planned Parenthood Network (http://www.ncsse.com/index.cfm?pageid=932) such as SIECUS (http://www.siecus.org), Advocates for Youth (http://www.advocatesforyouth.org) and their collaborative work on the Future of Sex Education (http://www.futureofsexed.org/) which produced the National Sexuality Education Standards (http://www.futureofsexed.org/documents/josh-fose-standards-web.pdf) being implemented in school districts across the US.

In addition, Wiley promotes other organizations aligned with Planned Parenthood Sex Education programs like the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (http://www.nationalcampaign.org) and Alan Guttmacher Institute (http://www.guttmacher.org/) and endorses the National Sexuality Education Standards use of tax payer funded national and state infrastructure to promote their agenda through the CDC's Division of Adolescent & School Health, American School Health Association, American Association of School Health Association, National Education Association Health Information Network, and the Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education. At the same time, Wiley and associates vehemently dismiss (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1746-1561.2002.tb06539.x/abstract) all abstinence-until-marriage education programs, label them fear and shame based when many are not (http://jhetonline.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/Texas_Sexuality_Education_InstructionWilson.14164053.pdf), and refuse to consider that some have scientific merit.

Part 2, will investigate further the connection between the Texas and SC Planned Parenthood Networks and what A Sterling Opportunity reveals, and hides, about the nature and scope of sex education in SC. This is happening in almost all states in the U.S., and it must be stopped.