Iowa Judge Blocks New Law Defunding Planned Parenthood Sex Ed Programs Targeting Kids

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   May 30, 2019   |   9:06AM   |   Des Moines, IA

Every time states try to cut taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood, the abortion giant responds with a lawsuit to thwart the will of the people.

On Wednesday, an Iowa judge granted the abortion chain’s request to temporarily block a law that cuts funding to its sex education programs, the Des Moines Register reports.

Planned Parenthood argued that the law punishes it for supporting abortion and violates its free speech, due process and equal protection rights under the Iowa Constitution, according to the report.

Polk County District Court Judge Joseph Seidlin blocked the state from enforcing the law temporarily while the lawsuit proceeds in court.

This spring, Iowa lawmakers voted to disqualify abortion providers from the grant program. State Rep. Joel Fry, a pro-life Republican, said they took action after hearing a strong outcry from Iowa residents, WHO TV 13 reported, previously.

“The HHS budget will continue to provide grants to organizations that provide Iowa students with sex education,” Fry said. “We are continuing to provide the same level of funding as we have in the past; however, abortion providers will no longer be eligible for grants.

“We have consistently heard from Iowans that they do not want their hard-earned tax dollars used by organizations whose primary business model is providing abortions,” he continued.

Gov. Kim Reynolds, the first female governor of Iowa, signed it into law earlier in May.

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The law would cut about $260,000 in sex education grant to the abortion chain annually. Planned Parenthood boasts of being one of the largest sex education providers in Iowa.

Parents across the country have expressed serious concerns and even outrage when they learn that the largest abortion provider in America is teaching sex education to their children.

Planned Parenthood teaches sex education to at least 221,000 students in 31 states, according to CBS News.

In November, upset parents flooded a Florida school district with complaints after one of Planned Parenthood’s graphic sex education videos was shown to students without parents’ knowledge or consent.

Among its worst teaching points, Planned Parenthood tells children that promiscuity is ok. “There’s nothing bad or unhealthy about having a big number of sexual partners,” it tells students on its Tumbler page. Planned Parenthood’s booklet for HIV-positive youth, “Healthy, Happy and Hot,” tells young people that it is their “human right” to not tell their sexual partner that they have HIV.

Numerous communities have rejected Planned Parenthood as a sex education teacher. The whole Massachusetts legislature rejected a bill in 2017 that recommended Planned Parenthood’s middle school sex education curriculum. The program teaches children as young as 12 “how to perform oral and anal sex.”

Concerned parents in Pennsylvania, Michigan, California, Washington state, New York, North Carolina and other parts of the country also have protested Planned Parenthood’s involvement in their students’ education in the past several years.

In another recent case, parents at a Pennsylvania school said a Planned Parenthood partner group taught seventh-grade students graphic details about oral sex during a science class.

In another case reported by CBS News, North Carolina parents petitioned for Planned Parenthood to stop teaching their middle school students. They said Planned Parenthood’s “Get Real” curriculum “encourages sixth graders to feel ‘comfortable and ready’ for sex. The petition says the curriculum provides flash cards outlining proper condom usage, for ‘vaginal, oral or anal sex’ and recommends the usage of ‘non-microwavable saran wrap’ as a prophylactic for certain non-reproductive sex acts.”

Many worry that Planned Parenthood uses its sex education programs to push abortion as well. Its president, Leana Wen, has been clear that abortion is Planned Parenthood’s “core mission.”