Is there a difference between promoting and influencing a particular topic? Tempe Unified High School District in Phoenix, Arizona is working to revamp their sex education program, reviewing three different curriculums by an appointed committee. Arizona Senate Bill 1009 states that any sexual education must promote childbirth and adoption over abortion. So it is disturbing to parents that an employee of Planned Parenthood, which traditionally leans toward abortion, not adoption, was invited to advise the committee on anything sexually related.
Planned Parenthood and the school district both confirm, Planned Parenthood “will not be in school teaching children the program”. However, the district’s Superintendent, Dr. Kenneth Baca, obviously did not believe there was a potential influence of Planned Parenthood, by allowing the employee to speak to the committee. Dr. Baca supported the invitation by commenting, “The committee did not invite Planned Parenthood as an organization to promote a program. A person on the committee knew a person that was familiar with the programs that were being considered and they asked that person to speak. That person happens to work at Planned Parenthood”.
Parents gathered outside the district office during the meeting to show their disagreement, but will it be enough?