Last week, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the state legislature is well within their rights to ban abortion giant Planned Parenthood from receiving grant money to conduct sexual education programs in public schools.
Planned Parenthood had successfully challenged a 2019 law that prohibited them from applying for funding from the Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and the Personal Responsibility Education Program in district court and won.
The state, however, appealed, and the high court has now determined that even though Planned Parenthood was barred from discussing abortion in their programs for public school children, the state had a right to deem such a partnership between the nation’s largest abortion provider and public schools as one that would ultimately end up promoting abortion.
“Even if the programs do not include any discussions about abortion, the goals of promoting abstinence and reducing teenage pregnancy could arguably still be undermined when taught by the entity that performs nearly all abortions in Iowa,” the majority ruling stated.
“The state could also be concerned that using abortion providers to deliver sex education programs to teenage students would create relationships between the abortion provider and the students the state does not wish to foster in light of its policy preference for childbirth over abortion.”
The 6-1 ruling was split by the court’s lone Democrat-appointed justice, Brent Appel, who argued that the conservative legislature was indirectly trying to undermine the “right to abortion.”
The Legislature through unconstitutional conditions in these statutes is trying to accomplish indirectly what it cannot do directly: namely, attack abortion rights. This cannot be permitted,” he wrote in his dissent.
Planned Parenthood also decried the ruling, the Des Moines Register reported.
“This is a disappointing day for young Iowans who have relied on Planned Parenthood for more than a decade to provide them with comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education,” wrote Sarah Stoesz, president of Planned Parenthood North Central States, in a statement. “…As Iowa’s largest sex education provider, we are committed to our critical sex education programs, and we are invested in continuing this important work.”
Planned Parenthood often relies on the narrative that they are providing somehow irreplaceable work educating teens on sexual health, but they are far from the only entity that is capable of doing so.
Not only is their idea of “comprehensive sexuality education” wildly age-inappropriate for anyone under the age of 18, but the entire premise of their organization is founded on the belief that abortion is an acceptable form of birth control when in fact, it is the destruction of unborn human life in the womb.
This inarguably taints their entire approach to sexual education. One has to wonder why they’re so desperate to get into schools in the first place, although it’s certainly not hard to imagine why.
If students receive the impression that Planned Parenthood is a trustworthy source of sexual health information, then they’ll trust what Planned Parenthood says about the humanity of an unborn child and what constitutes safe sexual behavior.
This is a very good ruling on the part of the Iowa Supreme Court, and we certainly hope we see many more states work as hard as Iowa, Idaho, Arkansas, and others have to keep Planned Parenthood out of public schools.
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