Photo edit of a Planned Parenthood. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Popacta.
Photo edit of a Planned Parenthood. Credit: Alexander J. Williams III/Popacta.

In Canada, a controversy arose when a student brought home explicit “sex cards” provided by Planned Parenthood during a school presentation. Education Minister Dustin Duncan announced the temporary exclusion of Planned Parenthood from schools on June 22, describing the materials as unfit for the classroom. The incident, which ignited the suspension, took place at Lumsden High School where a student received “ABC sex cards” describing explicit sexual acts, intended for LGBTQ+ youth.

Duncan said at a press conference:

“If I can’t say it in front of [the news media] to the point you can air it on your networks, then my view, as a minister of education, is that it probably doesn’t have room in the classroom for it.”

The school district declared that the presenter introduced these inappropriate materials without their consent. Planned Parenthood officials contested the suspension, asserting that these materials were not part of their standard curriculum. Julian Wotherspoon, the executive director of Planned Parenthood Regina, suggested that interference in educators’ choices was an overreach.

Duncan, in response, maintained his stance, emphasizing the need for “safeguards and checks” concerning third-party materials. He asserted the necessity to scrutinize how explicit content ended up in student hands and assign accountability.

Planned Parenthood, the international billion-dollar abortion provider, also offers contentious sex education programs globally. Critics argue that these programs promote promiscuity and, in some cases, disregard for disclosing HIV status, creating potential risks for impressionable youth.

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