California: School District Drops Planned Parenthood From Sex Education Program
June 16, 2003
The Torrance, Calif., school district has dropped Planned Parenthood from its sex education program. The district decided Thursday to seek less controversial ways of dispensing lessons on sexuality. District officials said the decision had nothing to do with Planned Parenthood's presentations. For months, however, Planned Parenthood supporters have squared off against those who oppose the organization's presentation of human reproduction. Critics claimed Planned Parenthood promoted sex by teaching teenagers how to use condoms, and they were unhappy with lessons on how to protect against diseases transmitted through oral and anal sex. Planned Parenthood has delivered state-mandated lessons about condom use, abstinence and birth control for eight years. In place of Planned Parenthood, the Torrance district favors hiring a health resource teacher for $80,000 per year to make the biannual safe sex presentations to ninth- and 10th-graders.Adapted from:
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