CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Today, the Nueces County Hospital District will vote on whether or not to give Planned Parenthood (PP) $70,000 in government funding for teen pregnancy prevention, including sex education by PP in Nueces County public elementary schools.
Click here for meeting details and contact information for elected officials in Nueces County who will vote on this issue. http://txvalues.org/2009/09/16/nueces-county-elementary-schools-have-planned-parenthood-sex-education-county-to-decide-on-planned-parenthood-funding-your-action-needed/
Free Market Foundation and numerous concerned citizens will testify at this hearing about how it is irresponsible to give government funding to PP. Please come to this meeting if you are in the Corpus Christi area. This is the final hearing on this issue.
“Too many questions still remain about Planned Parenthood’s use of government funding,” said Jonathan Saenz, legislative director at Free Market Foundation, who will testify in the public hearing. “It is outrageous that Planned Parenthood claims that they provide abstinence-only sex education when they are the leading organization that seeks to undermine this 100% effective method.”
Tomorrow’s meeting of the Nueces County Hospital District is a public hearing on authorization funding for teen pregnancy reduction. The meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Nueces County Hospital District’s Board Room, located at 555 N. Carancahua St., Ste. 950-A, Corpus Christi. The result of this meeting will determine the amount of money distributed to Planned Parenthood, which has already requested funding, for sex education.
“As government entities at all levels are looking to make responsible decisions, government resources should not be spent on organizations that stand to profit from failed sex education policies in our public schools,” said Saenz. “We should not ‘bail out’ Planned Parenthood with public funds.”
In Texas, teen pregnancies, births, and abortions have continued to decrease since 1991. In 1995, Texas began requiring that abstinence is taught as the preferred method of pregnancy and STD prevention, an approach that Planned Parenthood opposes. PP claims to give “abstinence-only” sex education as well as “comprehensive” sex education in schools.
PP has been under investigation by state authorities at the state level due to unlicensed facilities performing abortion. In early 2009, FMF helped to defeat Planned Parenthood’s effort in the Texas Legislature to drastically undermine abstinence-based sex education.