On Monday, the Arkansas state Senate passed a measure prohibiting Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers from providing sex ed programs to public schools.
The bill now heads to Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson’s desk. His office has not yet indicated if he will sign it either way, as of this writing, and declined to comment to the AP.
The Associated Press reports that the Senate voted 27-5 to prohibit schools from entering into transactions with any entity that performs, induces, or provides abortions.
“If the entity does that, I think the state of Arkansas has no business in any form…contracting with them to do anything,” said Republican Sen. Bob Ballinger, one of the bill’s sponsors.
Many Americans may not realize that Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the United States, also has extensive influence in the public school system by way of providing sexual education curricula heavily favoring their ideological agenda.
The abortion giant uses the controversial Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), which introduces children to a wide variety of sexual identities, lifestyles, acts, fetishes, as well as perspectives on gender identity heavily promoting gender theory.
Earlier this year, the deeply culturally conservative state passed a near-total ban on abortion, which Hutchinson signed. Arkansas’ legislature has also passed a number of bills preserving conservative values, such as a ban on the enforcement of federal gun laws, a ban on biological males participating in transgender sports, and a ban on gender identity-affirming treatments for minors (which Hutchinson vetoed despite the legislature having the votes to override).
Planned Parenthood was certainly not pleased with the legislation, which would prohibit them from entering into contracts with Arkansas’ public schools.
“Our students’ basic education should not be jeopardized because of the Legislature’s misguided political agenda,” Gloria Pedro, the regional manager on public policy and organizing for Arkansas and Oklahoma for Planned Parenthood Great Plains Votes, according to AP.
Many might argue that “basic education” need not involve highly ideological and X-rated sexual content produced by a for-profit provider of abortion and that there is a wealth of alternate educational material to choose from elsewhere, of course.
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