Planned Parenthood of Orlando FL targets African-American girls

politics | Jun 03, 2013 | By Martin Barillas

Abortion provider Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando (FL) has received grant funding of over $2.2 million from the Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescence Health.  A grant of $477,790 is given annually over five years, 2010-1014, and is part of $75 million handed over by the federal government to 75 similar organizations engaged in “evidence-based program models effective at preventing teen pregnancies,” declared the OAH
In Orlando, Planned Parenthood administers its “Teens Rise!” project that provides information to adolescents on what its website says are, “two types of abstinence” that “keep you from getting pregnant.”
According to a statement by the abortion provider, “Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, Inc. was awarded a Teenage Pregnancy Prevention grant by the HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) to replicate two evidence-based programs – Safer Sex and SIHLE (Sisters Informing, Healing, Living, and Empowering).“Together, these two programs are known as the “Teens RISE!” Project,” the announcement said.
On the home page of “Teens Rise!” website, under a tab entitled “WTF”, teenaged visitors learn “Continuous abstinence is not having sex play with a partner at all. Celibacy abstinence is when you have previously had sex, but have now decided to wait for that special person or event. Continuous abstinence is the only one that’s 100 percent effective!” The web site helpfully provides a link to its “ABC’s” website that shows graphic descriptions of various sex acts, as well as the use of condoms and other methods of artificial birth control.
For example, above an array of photos of contraceptives, a text states  “You’re in control more than ever!”  Birth control patches, condoms, and so-called “Morning After” pills are displayed. “Check out these options to prevent pregnancy if you’ve decided to have sex.”
The website offers “Condom Facts You Need to Know” :
• Make sure the penis is erect.
• Hold the tip of the condom to squeeze out air and leave space to collect semen.
• Have vaginal, oral or anal sex.
• Carefully take the condom off the penis.
• Throw the condom in the garbage, NOT in the toilet, bushes or under the bed
• Use a new condom if you want to have sex again.
On another page at the Teens Rise! Website, advice is offered to underage children about obtaining the so-called “Morning after pill.” In answer to the question, “What’s the deal with Plan B? I saw a news story about it – I’m 16, can I get it without going to a doctor now?” the website answers, “On April 30, 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided that Plan B One-Step – one brand of emergency contraception — can be sold over the counter to anyone 15 or older. That means anyone 15 years old or older can buy Plan B without a prescription in their local drugstore’s family planning aisle, as long as they can show proof of age.This change hasn’t gone into effect yet but it will soon, so check back with Ask the Experts and for future updates. You can also follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.”
One area of the Teens Rise! website is directed specifically at African-American girls. "Sistahs Informing Healing Living and Empowering" (SIHLE) is a group operating under the auspices of Planned Parenthood. According to the website, "SIHLE sistas make the best decisions for their health, choose healthy relationships, and know how to get the point across about what is best for them and their futures. SIHLE sistas are strong, informed, assertive and beautiful. We meet four times for each SIHLE meeting and when we meet we have good food, we party, we have great discussions and then we give YOU a great gift for coming! So why haven’t you joined us already? Come and be a SIHLE Sista!!" Girls are paid for participation in SIHLE
Rachel Burgin, executive director for Florida Right to Life, said in a statement on her organization's website, "Yes, you read that right. Planned Parenthood is recruiting young girls into their abortion business with money -- your money. Here's how Planned Parenthood describes their predatory program:
"Sistas Informing, Healing, Living, and Empowering is a program designed just for African American female youth ages 14-18 who want to become a part of a family of sistas who are proud to be African American and know how to handle their business."
Friend, make no mistake, distributing abortion pills and encouraging abortion doesn't empower young girls. Already, young black girls are targeted by Planned Parenthood for their business. Girls who undergo abortion suffer with killing their unborn child for the rest of their lives."
According to official website of the funding agency, “The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is charged with implementing the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) grant program.”  Moreover, the website states, “In 2010, OAH awarded $75 million in cooperative agreement grants through a competitive process to support the replication of evidence-based program models effective at preventing teen pregnancy to 75 organizations in 32 states and the District of Columbia.” Among these is Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando.
“Awards ranged from $400,000 to $4 million per year for up to five years. An independent review of program evaluations identified 31 evidence-based models that had been proven, through rigorous evaluation, to be effective. As a result of this evidence review, projects based on effective program models were eligible for replication under the TPP Program.”
A wide range of government and non-profit organizations, including state and county health and education departments, universities, and community health clinics, were given grants. 
In 2010, when Planned Parenthood first received the OAH funding, Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando said was providing education about sexually-transmitted disease, screening and treatment, as well as seeking to minimize sexual behavior among African-American girls aged 14 to 18 years. Planned Parenthood received the funding as part of President Obama’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, which provides funding for what is termed “evidence-based programs” or for research and demonstration grants to develop, replicate, refine and test additional models and innovative strategies for preventing teenage pregnancy. Planned Parenthood provides abortion and other services to 26,000 men, women and children in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Brevard counties.



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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