Skip to comments.Planned Parenthood's 'Nobody's Fool' Conference Pushes Pornographic Sex Book on Children
Posted on 07/16/2004 12:41:44 PM PDT by Between the Lines
"Planned Parenthood has continued its assault on the lives and sensibilities of our children by conducting its 'Nobody's Fool' 2004 conference in Waco, Texas, yesterday," said Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League's STOPP International. "From start to finish, this conference was a thinly veiled attack on parental rights, public morality, and the health and well-being of our children."
Parents were not allowed to attend this conference with their children; it was open exclusively to children in the fifth through ninth grades (ages 10-14). "Planned Parenthood barred mothers and fathers from attending the actual sessions because Planned Parenthood knows that parental participation would have hampered the its efforts to indoctrinate these children into its world of lies and propaganda," observed Sedlak.
Children in grades seven through nine also received a free copy of the book, It's Perfectly Normal. "This so-called 'educational text' is nothing more than pornography in comic book form," stated Sedlak. "Planned Parenthood believes that it has the right to decide if our 12-14-year-old children should own a manual that contains detailed explanations on how to perform sexual acts and masturbation. These directions are accompanied by sexually explicit line drawings. This is irresponsible at best and child abuse at worst."
STOPP International has worked closely over the past several years with Pro-Life Waco to reduce Planned Parenthood's influence on their community. Sedlak added, "We are proud to continue our work with Pro-Life Waco to put an end to these atrocities. Pro- Life Waco has been a stalwart guardian of traditional family values in their community."
According to Sedlak, this problem will persist "until parents and all people of good will across the nation stand together to oppose Planned Parenthood's continued assault on our families and children."
For more information on American Life League's STOPP International and its efforts to combat Planned Parenthood's agenda, visit http://www.all.org/stopp.
Contact: Joe Giganti of the American Life League's STOPP International, 703-928-9695 or email@example.com
Only a FOOL would let their child go to such a thing!
Why do I get the feeling that this group's definition of "pornography" is quite subjective...?
Where was this conference held?
Did parents have to give permission for their children to attend?
How did kids obtain the 'free books.'?
An example of the "pornography" can be seen at Amazon's website
These people are over reacting...
"Parents were not allowed to attend this conference with their children; it was open exclusively to children in the fifth through ninth grades (ages 10-14). 'Planned Parenthood barred mothers and fathers from attending the actual sessions because Planned Parenthood knows that parental participation would have hampered the its efforts to indoctrinate these children into its world of lies and propaganda,' observed Sedlak."
These kids are too young to drive, how did they get to the conference? Was it was held at their school?
How did Planned Parenthood keep parents from attending? Were the parents informed about it?
I need more info.
Planned Parenthood is America's largest and most efficient baby-killing machine. I wouldn't put ANYTHING past them.
I like the ittle "bird" and "bee" in this book...
Is there more than 1 page to the book?
Why cant parents attend?
Were your parents at your sex-ed class in junior high? Parents are asked not to attend in order to prevent their children from being embarrassed.
Again... I think this press release went way over the top in calling this book "pornographic." It was problem written by some uptight Jesus Freak....
A related article:
Puberty seminar in Waco fuels debate over sex-ed programs
By ANGELA K. BROWN
Associated Press Writer
WACO, Texas ? Taking her two teenage daughters to a sex-education seminar Thursday, Marilynn Dieterich walked by about 40 protesters and few dozen large red signs declaring "Stop Planned Promiscuity."
One of the Pro-Life Waco members handed Dieterich a pamphlet saying the Planned Parenthood-sponsored conference for fifth- through ninth-graders used sexually explicit materials.
"It gave me second thoughts about what I was doing, but I thought, `No, I'm doing the right thing.' Kids aren't babies; they're old enough," said Dieterich, smiling at her 13- and 14-year-old daughters.
About 350 children attended the Nobody's Fool program, now in its 15th year. Organizers said attendance didn't drop this year, despite the protesters and recent radio ads lambasting the one-day conference in Waco.
The anti-abortion activists also picketed outside two Waco businesses: one that provided doughnuts and another that donated pens to Nobody's Fool.
"I fully believe in parents' rights, but I don't want other people deceived by what this (seminar) is about," said Pro-Life Waco director John Pisciotta. "I would just like to expose it ? that's all."
The annual seminar is fueling the debate over which sex education programs are most effective: giving youngsters information about contraceptives or urging them to save sex for marriage.
Proponents of each claim success, pointing to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The nation's teen pregnancy rate dropped 25 percent from 1990-99, while the teen abortion rate fell 39 percent.
Teen pregnancy rates also declined in Texas, but the state had the nation's second-highest number of births among girls age 15-17 in 2001, the most recent data available, according to the Texas Department of Health.
Abstinence-only programs, which are favored by President Bush, have been gaining popularity.
Since 1997 Texas has received federal money for such programs, said Mike Messinger, the abstinence education coordinator for the Texas Department of Health. The state gives local control to schools but requires that programs focus on abstinence.
Texas now contracts with 41 companies to provide abstinence education through various curricula. Birth control is discussed, but mostly in terms of the effectiveness of condoms in preventing sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy, Messinger said.
Texas received nearly $5 million in federal money for abstinence education this year but gets more funding for family planning and other programs, Messinger said.
Pam Smallwood, executive director of Planned Parenthood of Central Texas, said Nobody's Fool is abstinence-based but that sex issues are discussed at a level appropriate for each age group.
Many youngsters don't feel comfortable asking their parents certain questions and could get wrong answers from their peers, she said.
"Children who receive medically accurate information are the children who are more likely to postpone sexual involvement," Smallwood said.
Corley Sims, 17, said she was enlightened after attending Nobody's Fool when she was younger.
"I've been presented with everything, and I've chosen to be abstinent," Sims said. "Not everyone is going to be abstinent, but at least they'll know how to be safe."
The Nobody's Fool curriculum does not mention abortion, but some youngsters ask questions about it after seeing protesters outside, Smallwood said.
Seventh- through ninth-graders attending Nobody's Fool receive "It's Perfectly Normal," a book with chapters on homosexuality and masturbation, as well as cartoon-type drawings of couples having sex, people examining their naked bodies and a boy putting on a condom.
Pisciotta calls the book a "full-scale assault on Christian sexual morality."
Pro-Life Waco has protested Nobody's Fool for years but got little attention until earlier this year with its Girl Scout cookie boycott. Pisciotta said he wanted to show how the Waco-based Bluebonnet Council of Girl Scouts gave Smallwood an award and had supported Nobody's Fool for years.
As a result, several girls left the Girl Scouts, and their parents have since formed new Christian-based troops. The Bluebonnet Council did not support Nobody's Fool this year.
Josh Wymore, 17, said he never attended the seminar and encouraged his friends not to go because of the materials, which he called too graphic and appalling.
"Abstinence is what God's plan is for everyone's (single) life," Wymore said. "If every (unmarried) person was abstinent, we wouldn't be having these problems with teen pregnancies and diseases."
Yes, parents were welcome to my sex-ed class. Its public education, parents are free to know what is being taught. I remember my sex-ed class back in the early 90's... Todays information is pornographic to what I was taught then. I guess I can see why Planned Parenthood have problems with parents there, they may actually object to the material.
Oh and why do you say "Jesus freak" like its a bad thing?
An example of the "pornography" can be seen at Amazon's website. These people are over reacting...
Did you read these reviews from people who bought the book?
Great book - even better because it annoys the right wingers, May 7, 2004
A reader (Wilmington, NC)
Not only does this book serve its purpose of providing children with a sane, fair and intelligent approach to human sexuality, it really, really annoys the right-wing freaks. That alone makes it worth every penny.
Too visual, April 22, 2004
This is informative but WAAAAAYYYY to visual. I mean, you don't want to see a naked boy if you're a girl and vice versa for a boy. It's innappropriate for someone who isn't overly to perverted. Ugh.
Preview this book before you hand it over, February 8, 2003
A reader (Durham, NC United States)
As a sexuality educator I was startled by how explicit this book turned out to be, and how uncomfortable it made me and my 13-year-old son. I vastly prefer "Changing Bodies, Changing Lives", with more breadth, same frankness, less cheekiness.
Problematic, November 28, 2002
A reader (Cincinnati, USA)
I would seriously caution any parent with a Judaic, Islamic, or Christian worldview to avoid this book. It deals with human sexuality without reference to the institution of marriage, and seeks to establish homosexual relationships as "Perfectly Normal." Candid treatments of normal puberty changes and masturbation are interspersed with illustratoins that some parents may consider inappropriate (including two pictures of a man and woman having intercourse in different positions, pictures of a woman's genitalia, and an illustration depicting the difference between a flacid and erect penis). I think a traditional parent would be wise to deal directly with their own children on the topic of sexuality, rather than introduce literature that would undermine their own worldview.
Too much; too soon, February 25, 2002
A reader (Kirkland, WA USA)
I did not like this book. I didn't like the very explicit cartoons. The book begins by discussing sexual preferences. A little further, it attempts to describe how an orgasm feels. This is not the place I would want to start from in giving my 9 year old information about her development and sexualilty. I believe that at 9, my daughter needs information about her changing body; not about birth control or sexual preferences. Certainly these (and other) topics are important but they don't need to all come in the same package or at the same time.
Watch out, parents!, June 7, 2001
A reader (Hudson, WI USA)
Parents beware and caretakers beware! This is a book highly endorsed by Planned Parenthood, geared for 10-year-olds?? The contents of this book should be considered "taking the rights of parents and giving them to Planned Parenthood and liberal activitists." There is no way a 10-year-old should know about homosexuality, abortion, promiscuity, condoms, erections, and injestion of semen. If a 10-year-old is asking questions about injestion of semen, they should be referred for child abuse counseling. If this book is in your schools, get it out. If you're afraid of Joe Camel for influencing your kids on smoking, you should be terrified of this book for your kids for "acceptable" sexual behavior.
It's Perfectly Normal, May 2, 2001
Pamela H. Wheatley (Dallas, TX)
I was totally shocked by this book. Ann Landers and Dr. T. Terry Brazelton recommend this book for 10 year olds. I think it is nothing but porn for children. It might be okay for High School Seniors that think they know everything, but not for children. Young children are so impressionable and this could give them just too much information. Why would a 10 year old need to know positions?
This is the most inappropriate book I have ever seen., August 2, 1999
A reader (Franklin Lakes, NJ)
If I could rate this book with negative stars, I would. No 9-12 year old should have to be subjected to the disgusting pictures and information in this book. I'm a grown woman, and I couldn't stomach this book. It trivializes sexuality to a cartoon. It teaches 9 year olds how to put on condoms, not to mention the many other subjects that probably would be edited out of this forum. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILDREN TO BE SUBJECTED TO THIS BOOK. IF YOUR SCHOOL USES IT, FIGHT LIKE MAD TO GET RID OF IT.
Check this out. Sort of graphic.
I guess parents have a choice -- get it out of their public schools or start their own private schools.
"In just 89 pages, the authors manage to include 71 nude drawings."
thats from belogical.com
i think that for a 7th grader, that is pornographic.
also from the same site
"Children are independent in the view of this book. Parents should butt out."
we're talking about 10 year olds. 10 year olds shouldn't be having sex! not in western culture! it is the responsibility of the parents to talk to the kids!
if it's ANYBODIES right to butt in, it should be the parents.
and my school never asked parents to not attend sex-ed, they were simpyl given the option to waive me from going to the class. they never showed up, they never waived me either, but they were given the choice. why? because i was 10 years old.
and as someone else asked... why say "Jesus Freak" like its a bad thing? what did someone who believes in love ever do to you?
Parents were not allowed to attend this conference with their children;
Ha,ha, ha...does that make me laugh. That's ALL my parents would have had to have heard and my sisters and brother would NOT have attended that conference no way no how. Would my parents have worried about it? No way no how. They were in charge of us not the likes of this group. Ha,ha.ha...it truly makes me chuckle cause they would have had one helluva battle on their hands if they had tried to make us go. Come to think of it...my husband and I would have done the same thing. Parents: Speak up. Speak out. Assert YOUR rights.
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