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Planned Parenthood Does Not Belong in Our Schools

Spokane recently adopted the 3R's curriculum for all grades, despite R-90 placing the requirement on hold until after the election. Do you know what your school district is doing?

Wow! Listen to this mom’s powerful speech on why Planned Parenthood does not belong in our schools. After the meeting, the Spokane Public Schools Board tabled a move to adopt Planned Parenthood’s sex-ed curriculum.

(Transcription of the meeting)

Hello, My name is Joana Hyatt and I live at (muted for privacy) avenue, so now you know where to send your Christmas cards. I grew up here in Spokane and after graduating from Ferris I went to Los Angeles for a time and I was the director of a teen STD pregnancy prevention program. So I spoke to over 10,000 students in both public and private schools in the area. I got the enviable title of “The Sex Lady” by most of them. So I come to you with eight years of experience talking about this, educating on this and working with young people.

Adolescents should be taught all the facts and educated to make informed decisions so that they know how to decide what’s best for their lives, both now and in the future, and I agree that they should be equipped with the tools to develop and maintain healthy relationships as was noted, and learn how to navigate their sexuality in a way that is good for the whole of who they are - mind, body and soul. So my issue is not that sex education is being taught in schools or that this board is seeking to find a curriculum that will do that well. In fact, I would be happy to help.

My issue is that the proposed curriculum that the board is considering is not the best means for doing so specifically because of the organization primarily behind the curriculum.

In 2014, the Office of Adolescent Health under President Obama, did a study of sex-ed programs that have received government funds. One of them is the program being used by our regional Planned Parenthood affiliate that covers Washington, Oregon and Hawaii - Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest. The findings from that study show that female students who went through Planned Parenthood’s sexual education program reported higher rates of teen pregnancy than those who went through the control program.

So when you decide to teach our kids from a curriculum that has been designed by Planned Parenthood, you are setting Planned Parenthood up as a trusted organization for influential and impressionable youth. And when those teens have further questions about sex-ed or need someone to talk to, who are they going to turn to? Planned Parenthood is hoping that it would be them because that’s actually when they make money. See, Planned Parenthood’s business model is such that they make money primarily when individuals come in for STD tests, pregnancy tests, contraception and abortion. Especially abortion.

Looking at the last 10 years of Planned Parenthood’s annual reports, their numbers show that all of their services are going down - breast exams, cancer screenings, contraceptive, prenatal care. STD tests are the one thing that have been going up. Some of these are going down by as much as 75 percent. And let’s not forget that they provide zero mammograms. But the one service that has steadily increased has been abortion; up over 25 percent even as national abortion numbers have decreased. And even as Planned Parenthood’s federal funding has increased. So currently, Planned Parenthood does 35 percent of the nation’s abortions, and less than 2 percent of the nation’s cancer screenings.

It would seem that Planned Parenthood is choosing abortion as their main focus over any other service. And if abortion’s their highest-costing service and greatest profit generator as has been reported by former Planned Parenthood managers, then Planned Parenthood Action stands to benefit most when teens come in who are sexually active or pregnant.

It seems to be a glaring conflict of interest to have an organization create a sexual education curriculum but benefit the most financially when that curriculum fails, as in the case of Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest.

There’s also the issue of the fact that Planned Parenthood has a record of failing to protect our children when they go into these places. In 2014, according to a report out of Arizona, a Planned Parenthood counselor intentionally miscoded a rape pregnancy of a 15 year old because it’s too much of a hassle to report it to the police. In Bellingham, a 31-year-old gentleman raped a girl while her mother was in the shower. She was taken to Planned Parenthood. They did nothing about it. The girl was 11 years old when this occurred. And here in Spokane, Planned Parenthood has sent three patients to the hospital in the last couple of years; for tearing of hole in the abortion patient’s uters, for abdominal pain and the inability to stop the bleeding in a woman who was hemorrhaging. Now is that exceptional health care?

Now it’s been noted that the committee ruled unanimously to adopt this curriculum. What has not been noted is that two members who were against the curriculum were not able to be present at the meeting, and since that vote, one member has rescinded their support of the curriculum.

So when we’re looking at what to adopt for our students, what I would encourage you is to adopt something that is going to meet the health of a young person - mind, body and soul - but not to go with an organization that is predominantly focused on a documented track record of failing to support our kids, of poor health services and of killing human life rather than improving it.

As was noted, I think input from multiple groups and input from multiple individuals in this community to create something that does meet the needs of Spokane and addresses where we our teenagers are at across the spectrum, is important. Our kids deserve the best. And I moved back here because I love this city and it is a wonderful place to raise my children, and I’m very much looking forward to getting to do that. Thank you so much.

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