Rebecca Hagelin

Parenting is tougher than it used to be. And if California is any indication, parents may soon have to fight for the right to exercise any influence--not to mention authority--over their children's sexual behaviors.

Last week news spread of a unique partnership between Planned Parenthood and the Los Angeles Unified School District--Planned Parenthood now runs a "health" clinic on the school grounds of Roosevelt High School, serving mostly teens from low-income, Latino families. Most of the teen visits to the Planned Parenthood health clinic last year were for, you guessed it, "reproductive services" paid for by a government program, of course. While the Planned Parenthood clinic apparently doesn't do abortions on school premises, it takes little imagination to envision the direction their supposedly non-judgmental counseling will take for girls who do become pregnant.

And you can be sure that Roosevelt High School's teens will continue to get pregnant. Why delay or avoid sexual intercourse, when peer sex-counselors (trained by Planned Parenthood) sit at your lunch table, the pill can be picked up between classes, and STD meds are available just down the hall? Planned Parenthood's on-campus presence ensures a steady diet of contraceptive pills, patches, and shots delivered to teens as young as 13, without their parents' knowledge or consent.

Mom and dad send their kids to school to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic. But the school day now is likely to include sexual how-to's and the contraceptive props to make it all possible-all before lunch. And parents will have no clue what's being said or delivered, and no power to prevent it.

In fact, California law already ensures that teens can receive contraceptives and abortions without parental notice. But Planned Parenthood's on-the-premises availability means that parents will have even less chance to protect their children from the influence of sex and abortion peddlers. Plus, the abortion provider's tie-in with the school sanctions the Planned Parenthood brand of sexual morality and stamps government approval on the pro-abortion message. All in the name of protecting teens.

What's next, I wonder? On-campus "safe rooms" for lunch or after-school trysts?

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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