By Cathi Herrod, President, Center for Arizona Policy
Planned Parenthood has a long and terrible track record in our state.
Not only is the abortion giant responsible for performing the most abortions in Arizona each year, they’ve gone out of their way to block even the most common sense health and safety standards and regulations on the abortion industry.
They’ve objected to things like:
- Ensuring parents provide notarized parental consent before their child has an abortion.
- Guaranteeing a woman has the right to not just have an ultrasound before an abortion, but be offered the opportunity to view the image of her preborn child before making a decision.
- Assuring the dangerous and deadly abortion pill is dispensed in line with the Food and Drug Administration protocol.
It should come as no surprise then that families in Tempe erupted when they discovered that a Planned Parenthood Arizona employee was consulted to help the Tempe Union High School District choose its sexual education curriculum.
Thanks to our pro-life friends across the state, like Arizona Right to Life, 1st Way Pregnancy Center, and Alliance Defending Freedom, the District’s meetings
have been packed with parents and community members objecting to Planned Parenthood’s influence in their schools.
Make no mistake though: Tempe is not the only district on their radar.
From the top down, Planned Parenthood has not hidden their agenda. A recent blog post from the National Planned Parenthood Action Fund said across the country, our nation’s largest purveyor of abortion would be “going on the offensive.”
Locally, Planned Parenthood has hired a new policy director to “work with communities to advocate for reproductive health and rights, and will collaborate with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Arizona to reach out to voters and legislators to advance a vision of greater access to comprehensive sexuality education, family-planning services, and abortion care.”
In essence, Planned Parenthood has seen all that Gov. Jan Brewer, our legislative leaders, Center for Arizona Policy and our statewide allies have been able to accomplish in recent years, and they want to undermine every bit of it.
And they’re going to start through “community organizing.”