Planned Parenthood, like all predatory animals, seeks to insert itself between the strong parents and the weaker young. It’s easier to pick them off that way. They do so by insinuating themselves into children’s lives with seeming care and concern for the welfare of teens and children in areas beyond sex; areas such as housing, employment, economic standing, etc. Mingled in all of that is the suggestion that sex is the determining factor and that Planned Parenthood can play a role in helping.
Once they’ve enured themselves to the children, they turn on them, teaching that traditional morality is anachronistic and taboo. They repeatedly talk in their literature of sex as ‘sex play’, removing the sense of the sacred, and its attendant responsibility. It’s just a game. Have fun. The child in the proverbial candy store.
In this first installment we look at one of several PP documents aimed at children:
In this document, the first and most necessary step is to ascertain who PP’s target audience is. From the document,
As most societies define adolescence and youth in terms
of both age and life circumstances, there is no universal
agreement on what is a ‘young person’. The national
legal age for political participation and the availability of
data on different age groups can also determine how
societies define youth. The World Health Organization
defines young people as those from 10 to 24 years of
age, including adolescents (10–19 years) and youth (15–24
years). IPPF uses the terms young people, youth and
adolescents interchangeably to refer to people who are
between 10 and 24 years. Defining all people under 18
years of age as a child is often not useful because it ignores
the circumstances of youth who are faced with pressures
and responsibilities that are usually reserved for adults.
Policies and programmes for young people should focus
not so much on age, but on the specific developmental
needs and rights of individuals as they transition from
childhood to adulthood.
Faith Religion and Sexuality
Involving young people from all regions of the world, IPPF
convened a meeting to give young people the opportunity to
voice their experiences of their own sexual and reproductive
health in religious contexts, and to learn about how to meet
young people’s needs. Culture, religion and traditions are
some of the biggest obstacles in implementing sexual and
reproductive health programmes for young people.
The meeting provided a space for young people to talk, and
to listen to each other, to share their concerns and consider
each other’s different approaches to addressing sexuality
within religious contexts. Young people said:
“My faith makes me feel connected to the most powerful force
in existence, it makes me feel comfortable deep inside.
My faith helps me to be more creative, more self-confident.”
“Faith and spirituality have their pros and cons. On one hand,
it puts up a set of rules and regulations which if followed
properly, make you a better person. On the other hand, it
curbs growth of some issues which are necessary for the
better upbringing of present-day adolescents.”
Young people’s sexuality is still contentious for many religious
institutions. Fundamentalist and other religious groups the
– Catholic Church and madrasas (Islamic schools) for example –
have imposed tremendous barriers that prevent young people,
particularly, from obtaining information and services related
to sex and reproduction. Currently, many religious teachings
deny the pleasurable and positive aspects of sex and limited
guidelines for sexual education often focus on abstinence
before marriage (although evidence shows this strategy has
been ineffective in many settings).63 The reality is, young
people are sexual beings and many of them are religious as
well. There is a need for pragmatism, to address life as it is
and not as it might be in an ideal world.
Each religion or faith must find a way of explaining and
providing guidance on issues of sex and sexual relationships
among young people, which supports rather than denies
their experiences and needs. By highlighting strong values in
faiths and religions, and overcoming stigma and stereotypes
that religious conventions perpetuate, communities and
leaders can help improve young people’s access to sexual and
reproductive health information and services, and so improve
their health and well-being.
Next time: Play, play, play.