Did you know that it was the responsibility of your Department of Education to control birth rates in local communities?
The Los Angeles Unified School District - LAUSD - certainly thinks it is. On June 5th, 2012, the Los Angeles Times reported that a Planned Parenthood clinic has been very quietly operating on the campus of Roosevelt High School in the mainly Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles.
This is not just the school nurse sitting in the school Wellness Clinic checking temperatures and issuing aspirin. No. this is a full service walk-in reproductive services extension of one of Planned Parenthood's local abortion clinics.
Here is a quote from the Los Angeles Times of June 5, 2012:
Despite the decline, [of teen pregnancies, ages 15-19] there are still certain areas within the county with disproportionately higher numbers of young mothers, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The heavily Latino and low-income neighborhood around Roosevelt High School is one of them. Several other neighborhoods in East and South Los Angeles also had higher percentages of teenage births than the rest of the county.
The services, which are free and confidential, are offered through a unique collaboration between Planned Parenthood and the Los Angeles Unified School District designed to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies among teenagers at the Boyle Heights high school. (L.A. Times, Unusual partnership offers students birth control, June 5, 2012 by Anna Gorman.)
Upon reading in the LA Times of June 5th about this "unusual" and "unique" partnership, the only one of its kind in the United States they proudly proclaimed, the school district was contacted for an interview. After several weeks of stalling by school officials, a Public Records Act was filed with the General Counsel's office of the LAUSD, requesting all contracts, minutes of meetings, exact location of the clinic on campus all funding sources and goals and objectives of this partnership.
After 5 months of filing requests we finally received one, outdated, Clinic Contract Agreement. We are still waiting for the majority of data requested. Because of one paragraph in this contract concerning privacy we suspect that Planned Parenthood is pressuring the school district not to comply.
So much for transparency in government.
There are nine clinics in the Boyle Heights and surrounding area dispensing birth control, STD treatment, morning-after pills, Plan B and abortions. What’s the real reason the school district feel that it needs to plant a clinic right on the campus?
According to several of the reports published on June 5th both in print and in on-line media, it was one Roosevelt High School nurse practitioner, Sherry Medrano, already dispensing contraceptives to students, who - all by herself - invited Planned Parenthood to open an office on campus. Medrano claimed, in the Times article, that she had become alarmed at the failure of the birth rate to drop for the Latina young women of the Boyle Heights area.
Question: Is it her job to check on area birth rates?
It is rather well-known that the opening of a Planned Parenthood clinic can bring about a suppression of the numbers of births in a community.
Susan Dunlap, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood-LA, is quoted in the same LA Times article, in response to a question, as to what Planned Parenthood is doing while on the campus:
So what we do at Roosevelt is we make sure that they have the support and resources that they need to cut down their teen pregnancy rate, whether that means access to condoms, access to information, access to our medical director," Dunlap says.
Ouch, “cut down" the teen pregnancy rate? Is Dunlap so dulled in her sensitivities that she would describe their goal as “cutting down?”
And further, handing out condoms, providing students with information is already being done by Ms Medrano, according to her own words. So, again, why bring such a controversial group onto the campus?
And, when she says that the students would have “access to our medical director,” is she subtly conveying the idea that the students will receive abortions on campus, now or in future, or be directed during school hours for abortions at their nearby off-site clinic?
If the big guns of abortion are servicing the students they can't allow their reputation to be sullied by students having babies.
According to an old contract that was finally received, between Los Angeles Unified School District and Planned parenthood of Los Angeles,(otherwise referred to as the provider) entitled Clinical Services Agreement, negotiations to form this partnership between a private sector business and a local high school, were begun in 2008, to be re-negotiated in June of 2010. It appears to now be further extended to 2013, but the school district claims that it has no other newer contract.
And, where are the school board minutes showing a vote to renew the contract?
The school district's office of General Counsel states that this one contract is all the data that they have. The contract lists 48 points of agreement many of which could be said to be normal legal language for any contract between two parties. However, it is becoming very apparent that both the school district and Planned Parenthood have failed to honor the contract by failure to honor that article in the contract referring to transparency, to make public the main points of the contract in the area of delivery of service, results of services to students and formation of and minutes of meetings of the various advisory groups required by Planned parenthood for the school to convene.
It is highly questionable whether the parents of the students have any idea what is going on on campus. The contract states that by law, Planned Parenthood is not required to inform parents of the services delivered to teens.
It would seem that the school has also not informed parents of the full purpose or methods of, reducing the births of Latino babies on and off campus.
The contract further stipulates that the school will furnish office space, office equipment, advertising and brochures, security for medical data while Planned Parenthood retains all rights exclusively to the human data and services provided including prescribing medications and referrals made.
Planned Parenthood, further, stipulates that it will be providing physical exams and prescribing medications, all without parental involvement and with strict instructions that the school is not to interfere.
Teachers are crying for more money to educate students, but Roosevelt High School will be spending an untold amount of education dollars to house and service a non-educational business on campus.
Planned parenthood comes on campus, puts no money into the development of its business on campus, gets reimbursed by the state for all the medical supplies and equipment and gets to use the students as birth control salesmen to the community.
The Provider will collect all data on the students necessary, but doesn't say with whom or for what purpose it will be sharing this data. Further, it has not made it known to the public that it is collecting data on students.
It's obviously not giving any data to the school district because the district claims they released all that they have.
The contract further states that Planned Parenthood will train students to be peer birth control counselors for their fellow students and representatives of Planned Parenthood to the community.
Planned Parenthood will, further, partner with community groups, specifically named are Promotoras Communitarias and Circolo de Salud to bring education to the
neighborhoods and provide "outreach to difficult to reach populations."
What does that mean..difficult to reach populations? Are they knocking on doors in the neighborhoods looking for young women of child bearing years?
While educators and legislators publicly avow transparency in government, privately they have anointed themselves with the authority to manage the Whole Child without parental knowledge or consent.
It sounds as though Planned Parenthood has taken over the school and its students as though it was contracting for raw material. These public private partnerships tend to look upon the people who populate these partnerships as their own resource. In this instance it is with the school district as a silent partner providing cover and protection while they take over of the campus.
Theodore Roosevelt high school, founded in 1922, and located in the East L.A. area of Los Angeles, according to government approved collectors of public and private personal data, has the highest teenage birth rates in the entire L.A. area, maybe even in the state.
Roosevelt, according to its website, is situated in a 93.3 % Latino and immigrant neighborhood of Boyle Heights in East L.A.and has a student body consisting of 98.9% Hispanics according to their own website.
The High School appears to be constituted solely of Academies consisting of early workforce development preparedness programs each with its own principal. There is, apparently, no one comprehensive academically focused high school.
Each academy reflects the potential to move the students from school right into the job market. They may not be fully educated on the three R’s, but they will be prepared for entry level jobs in a chosen skill set.
With the introduction of Planned Parenthood on campus we ask the question; is this an academy? Are they training Latina young women to be abortion promoters, providers, counselors. lobbyists amongst their own ethnic community for Planned Parenthood? Their contract declares that they are authorized to train peer counselors. Planned Parenthood also believes that women should be trained to commit their own abortions on themselves. Is this, too, a part of the education?
In September Governor Brown signed a bill, SB 623, authorizing UC Hospital in San Francisco and its Bixby Center for Global Reproductive health, in conjunction with Planned Parenthood, to train midwives, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to perform first trimester abortions using Title X federal dollars. Bixby is one of the groups providing statistics on the supposedly dire consequences of unplanned, especially teen, pregnancies, including the Latino communities. Unplanned by whom, one should ask?
One should also ask if school employee Medrano, a nurse practitioner, has connections to Planned Parenthood, acting as a lobbyist for them within the school?
One of the stated aims of this partnership, at least for public consumption is to keep students in school. Drop out rates are high in immigrant neighborhoods and teen mothers tend to drop out of school. Some school districts provide on-campus teen parent classes combined with child care, but that costs education dollars.
Planned Parenthood prides itself on being responsible for the nationwide reduction in births to youth through age 24, and it is the largest private sector abortion and birth control provider in the country. It is funded with federal, state, local tax dollars and foundation grants with a minor amount realized directly from clients.
It is obvious that its sole purpose for being on campus is to effect a reduction in the number of babies born to Latina women.
Where is the mayor of Los Angeles, a Latino, in all this. Does he not care that his people are being targeted for suppression?
Who is going to benefit from this partnership? It certainly won’t be the young girls. They will be no better prepared for community college, entry level jobs, no improved reading and communication and math skills, certainly no parenting skills.
Instructions in condom use won’t help these students balance their check books when and if they get jobs or read the employment want ads. They will still be stuck right where they are now, dependent upon a nanny government for the necessities of life.
However, keeping the kids in school because they will now not become mothers will enable the school to continue to get its ADA. Planned Parenthood will advance its reduced population cause. the corporate community will get its ready made employees and Educators will continue to scream for more tax dollars.
Planned Parenthood may have grabbed a unique opportunity, but using the schools as condom dispensing machines is not new. Taxpayers across California should begin to check their own elected school and community officials to ascertain if this partnership is in their district’s future? The clinic is on school property. For a fact, education dollars are underwriting the presence of Planned Parenthood on campus. Planned Parenthood certainly isn’t paying rent to the school.
Do the mostly immigrant, English-as-a-second language, parents understand what their children are being exposed to every day? The contract declares that according to California law Planned Parenthood does not have to inform parents of what they are doing with, for and to, their children.
If taxpaying citizens don't begin to protest this misuse of students and education dollars, Will Planned Parenthood’s presence on campus become standard throughout California and the nation?
The coining of the term sex education rather than sexual instruction which is what it actually is, was not casually chosen. Baptizing their intent with the title of education allowed them to fit right in with the plans for re-structuring education. To further understand the whole picture one should read the 1993 publication "Together We Can: A Guide for Crafting a Profamily System of Education and Human Services, published by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Intervening directly in the private lives of children to direct their sexual, moral and ethical instruction has been an outspoken goal of Planned Parenthood since the 1960's when the first school accepted their sex education material. Their ability to achieve their true goal was advanced when in 1979 a report was published by The Nation's School Report, which declared that, "Schools can offer health services." Schools with a concentration of medicaid students (Medi-Cal in California) qualify for federal money if they set up screening and referral programs." Roosevelt is a Medicaid qualified school.
Planned Parenthood has fallen behind in its determined schedule due to firm resistance by alert parents, but thanks to helpful legislators, they have continually re-trenched, re-named their battle plan, created sidelining skirmishes to distract, and slowly gained ground legislative inch by legislative inch.
Planned parenthood lobbying efforts, the courts and the legislators, the PTA, the ACLU and silent church officials, and others have helped to pass the bills that usurped parental authority, the educator associations and Teacher unions have mediated the takeover of the schools and the students in order to change the whole purpose of education.
Regarding the students of Roosevelt High...they and their surrounding community residents have become captives of an aggressive, utilitarian, self-centered totally unprincipled set of bureaucratic demagogues.
Never mind that these very same bureaucrats are human, imperfect in their reasoning and incapable of omniscience, all-knowing for eternity, about the future. They have studied the reams of data so willingly surrendered by schools and parents about their children. These so-called experts have experimented with education and with your children. (Spotlight on Children’s Health: Los Angeles Co.) They have manipulated and massaged data to produce what they call best practices for curing just about everything. The goals and objectives are partof a carefully and patiently crafted system of planning, programming, budgeting and designing. Now the letter “e” has been added to this system - enacting.
Following the flurry of articles of June 5, 2012, there has been complete silence from the media, the pro-life organizations, the churches and parents. In the meantime students arrive on Roosevelt’s campus five days a week to be confronted with Planned Parenthood and its sexual allure.
The media has set up loud protests of alarm over the failure to send troops to the beleaguered officials in Benghazi resulting in the loss of life. The schools have plans to turn out well-trained human capitol. Where is the hue and cry to send in the troops to rescue these children and their futures from the accompanying moral and spiritual attacks?
Camille Giglio is a free-lance writer based in California.
1. American Academy of Pediatrics v Lungren, based on a determination of a minor’s right, in certain instances to privacy, a minor had the right to decide, without parental consent, to continue or terminate a pregnancy.
2. The Plantiffs included the American Academy of Pediatrics, the California Medical Association, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Planned Parenthood Golden gate chapter and Dr. Philip Darney, currently Director of the Bixby Global Reproductive Health Program within UCSF.
3. The Role of the School in the Community, Chap 6, Curtis VanVoorhees [And] parents who are in need of information about child health practices are unlikely to recognize that they need such help. Community school coordinators must, therefore, solicit information from people which will allow community school coordinators to plan better programs for the people they attempt to serve–––programs that will hopefully change, in a positive way the attitude, behavior and life style of the community residents.
4. Many educators have been quoted as declaring that once the child enters the schoolhouse door the state has the right to set standards and goals for that child, otherwise known as education for the betterment of the community. The Role of the School in the Community, chap 6, 1969.
5. Promotores Communitarios Strategy: Rural Community Assistance Corporation, The California Endowment. A 44 pg guideline to re-structuring the community to empower residents to obtain government assistance and direction.
6. Family PACT (Planning, Acess, Care and Treatment), Program Report, Fiscal Year 2008-2009, published by Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health, UCSF-University of California San francisco, Contract #05-45122. Philip Darney, MD, MSc, principal investigator .
The program works in concert with State teen pregnancy prevention programs to achieve the following key objectives:
To increasse access to publicly funded family planning services for low-income California residents.
To ioncrease the use of effective contraceptive methods by clients.
To promote improved reproductive health.
To reduce the rate, overall number, and cost of uniontended pregnancies.
Since December 1999, the State has received additional funding for the program from the federal lgovernment through a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver.
7. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, CFC #10496, 1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW STe 200, Washington, DC 20036. A private non-profit organization funded largely by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This report lists 38 foundations and corporations who have also contributed to supporting the this birth reduction campaign.
8. Why Teach With Project Based Learning?: Providing Students With a Well-Rounded Classroom Experience, Edutopia. HYPERLINK "http://www.edutopia.org" www.edutopia.org Project-based learning helps students apply what they learn to real-life experiences and provides an all-around enriching education.
9. The Power of Partnerships: Providing a Well-Rounded Education for All by Roberta Furger. HYPERLINK "http://www.edutopia.org/power-partnerships" www.edutopia.org/power-partnerships.
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