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OPINION

Is Planned Parenthood Texting Your Kids?

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It used to be said that the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach. Saying this was a tongue and cheek means of addressing simpler times and plainer ways. In the same lighthearted spirit the way to a woman’s heart was viewed as far more mysterious, and was often described as a path laced with kindness, understanding, flowers, and a diamond or two.

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But now Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) has a put a new twist on this, and perhaps unintentionally demonstrated that those simpler times are gone. They’ve done this by showing that the way to a teen’s heart is through his or her cell phone: literally through texting about sexual issues and answering questions teens might have about their sexuality.

That’s right—PPRM is now in the business of texting with today’s teens about matters that earlier generations would have either never voiced or at least would have only voiced to a parent or close friend. Yet in 2012, setting up this quasi-cyber texting relationship with PPRM is as easy as one, two, three – and parents likely won’t know anything about it.

For starters, a teen with questions simply goes to PPRM’s “In Case You’re Curious” webpage. Once there, teens with questions about their “sexual health” are encouraged to text PPRM—a number is provided—and told that their questions will be kept anonymous and that they will receive a response via text within 24 hours.

Among the information available from PPRM by texting are locations of “health centers” where teens can get HIV testing, contraceptives, and, of course, abortions. Moreover, teens don’t even have to text to find out where to have an abortion. Rather, they can just click the link marked “find one here.”

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Said Alison Macklin, director of community education for PPRM, “The program offers teens and youth in the Denver Metro area a new resource for asking sexual health questions and more importantly, getting medically accurate, age-appropriate answers to those questions.” Yet, sadly, regardless of how well they try to dress this up as some type of community outreach, it appears to be nothing less than a bald and perhaps desperate attempt by PPRM to enhance revenues. (They do this by advertising services to teenagers at a time when children are forming their worldview and are vulnerable to suggestions that could negatively impact them for the rest of their lives.) Even President Obama’s HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently acknowledged, in rejecting over-the-counter availability of the so-called morning after abortion pill, that “there are significant cognitive and behavioral differences between older adolescent girls [over the age of 17] and the youngest girls of reproductive age.” Nonetheless, it’s as if PPRM has availed itself of texting in order to position itself between the parent and the teen, with a view to exploiting the child the way a perverted stalker in the park would do.

If the suggestion that PPRM would do these things to lure children into the dark underworld of the culture of death seems a bit too much, keep in mind it was recently discovered that Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin was recruiting 14 year olds to “educate” other teens on the services Planned Parenthood provides (all under the guise of promoting “sexual health” of course).

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Has Planned Parenthood no shame? Of course it doesn’t.

Instead it’s proving that once your conscience is trained to tolerate killing approximately 300,000 babies a year, recruiting new teens to provide more babies to kill is an obvious next step. In fact, it’s job security, revenue enhancement, and “brand growth” for a group like PPRM.

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