by Steven Ertelt
February 28, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life members of Congress say the federal government should stop funding Planned Parenthood through national family programs because its teen-oriented web site features pornography. Planned Parenthood’s online venture TeenWire features content so graphic that some Internet filters are preventing access to it.
The site is supposed to be a compendium of "medically accurate" information for teenagers on sexual issues.
Though Planned Parenthood is careful to say the information is intended for people 18 years and older, the web site is clearly geared to teens.
The web site’s "advice columnists" tell kids viewing the web site that many people use pornography as part of sex play." A columnist tells one viewer that viewing pornography won’t lead to getting bad grades in school.
The web site encourages kids to play sexual games or explore bisexuality and it gives teens advice on how to avoid telling their parents about a possible abortion.
Three leading members of Congress told the Cybercast News Service that the content of the web site is another reason to yank the $300 million in federal funds the abortion business gets for family planning services.
"There should be no money that goes to any Internet site that promotes promiscuity or sexual license in any way," Rep. Steve King of Iowa said.
"We should shut off all federal dollars to any organization that provides abortion services or counseling," King added. "If there is going to be sexual license promoted, let that happen some place else. But the federal government should not be subsidizing it."
Rep. Joseph Pitts of Pennsylvania added, "I don’t believe taxpayer funding should be going to groups that put sexually explicit material on the Internet targeted at minors."
Leading pro-life groups agreed and say Planned Parenthood doesn’t need one-third of its income coming from the federal government.
"With over $300 million in taxpayer funds, the organization has the U.S. government to thank for helping to promote these messages," Family Research Council president Tony Perkins told LifeNews.com.
He urged pro-life advocates to contact Congress and urge support for a bill Rep. Mike Pence and Sen. David Vitter have sponsored to axe that funding.