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A Golden Opportunity

Una oportunidad de oro

 

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director of Priests for Life

July 15, 2002

   
 

It is widely known that many American schools allow Planned Parenthood and similar organizations on campus to discuss abortion, birth control, pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other issues related to the sexual activity of students. What is not so widely known is that Planned Parenthood gives away nothing for free. The students might not pay, but the taxpayers do, through Title X grants from the government. For Planned Parenthood to get its money, it needs to have access to the students -- and the money comes even more through the birth control pills and STD treatments than it does through the abortions.


In other words, not only does Planned Parenthood bring its morally corrupted message to our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, but by doing so it gets from us the money it needs to continue to become more powerful and effective.


We now have a new way to stop this atrocity. You may have heard that new evidence has been collected demonstrating that the overwhelming majority of abortion facilities nationwide break the law by failing to report statutory rape. The clinics, in fact, have the duty to report any suspected sexual abuse of minors. When minors come to them for abortions, birth control, or pregnancy testing, that is all the reason they need to make a report.


Litigation is now being launched nationwide against these abortion clinics, and Planned Parenthood is going to be a key defendant.


Here's where the schools come in. If your school district refers students to Planned Parenthood, and they in turn get into a lawsuit for failure to report, the school is exposed to legal trouble as well, because they can be guilty of negligent referral. If they get embroiled in a lawsuit, it is your tax money -- whether you have a student in the school or not -- that will have to pay for it.


Every school district in America has received a letter alerting them to this problem. Now, Priests for Life will coordinate an effort to have concerned taxpayers go to their school board meetings and ask questions like the following:


What is our School District doing to insure that the employees who provide referrals adhere to state laws requiring the reporting of sexual activity by underage children? How is our School District protecting itself legally against possible claims against it?


Right now the American people are taking seriously the issue of adults sexually abusing children and having it covered up by major institutions. Moreover, school boards are notoriously timid when it comes to knowingly exposing their districts to lawsuits. This effort can lead thousands of school districts to closet their doors to Planned Parenthood!


We need people to go to their school board meetings. We will provide guidance, and specific questions that need to be raised. If you want to help, contact Priests for Life, School Protection Project, PO Box 141172, Staten Island, NY 10314, (718) 980-4400, ext. 297; email: mail@priestsforlife.org 

   
 
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