A pro-life group says a situation developing in Southern California is undisputable proof that people need to pay attention to and vote in local elections.
Planned Parenthood announced this week its biggest incursion into a school system, opening what the Los Angeles Times describes as "sexual health and well-being centers." According to that report, those centers include "reproductive health clinics where students can get birth control pills and condoms, tests and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, emergency contraception such as Plan B, and pregnancy testing and referrals – services far beyond what is typically offered by school nurses."
OneNewsNow spoke with Brian Johnston of California ProLife Council, a division of National Right to Life, who explains that at first it will impact only Los Angeles.
"… They are launching 50 clinics throughout the county that are principally in high schools, but some in junior highs, that are aimed at directing children into their worldview," he explains. "In particularly [they are promoting] the licentious attitude toward sexual responsibility, but more importantly the acceptance and promotion of abortion as a way of life."
During school hours students will be able to obtain birth control, STI testing and treatment, and referrals for abortion. Johnston says this proves elections are of major importance – and not just at the national level.
"It is the most local of offices – the school board – that can have a say," he offers. "But unless pro-life individuals pay attention to who is running locally, who the candidates are for your school board as well as city council and supervisor, etcetera – unless you follow the local elections, you won't be able to stop this juggernaut."
California law permits minors older than 12 to obtain confidential treatment and birth control, meaning students can access the services at the in-school centers without parental consent.
Listen up! Abortion isn't 'wellness'
The abortion giant's misinformation agenda extends into higher education as well. Case in point: Edgewood College – a Catholic school in Madison, Wisconsin, that is run by Dominican nuns – apparently hadn't gotten the message that Planned Parenthood and abortion have little to do with "wellness."
John Ritchie of Tradition, Family and Property reports that until recently, the college website listed Planned Parenthood as a wellness resource.
"Most people know that the Catholic Church condemns abortion and also prohibits any kind of formal cooperation with the sin of abortion," he explains. "Every true Catholic understands the right to life – in the Ten Commandments, for example, it's clearly spelled out: Thou shalt not kill."
TFP conducted a petition drive and then submitted over 15,000 signatures calling for the abortion conglomerate to be removed as a website resource. After a few days, it was taken down – but Ritchie tells OneNewsNow there was a student backlash on campus.
"A lot of the pro-abortion students demanded apologies from the leadership and … created a climate of unrest. They even went to the streets with signs saying the pro-life position was hateful," he reports. "It's a contradiction but according to the left, saving innocent lives is considered hateful but killing unborn babies is considered compassionate."
According to an online message from the school's interim president, Edgewood continues to make Planned Parenthood information available to students in printed form and to refer students to the abortion giant because it "care[s] about our students and want[s] to make sure they can access all the health care they need."