The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is Using Public Funds to Promote Planned Parenthood: Stephanie Gifford’s Insights

Why is the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare using public funds to promote Planned Parenthood and their affiliates to our teenagers?

Read this critical information from Stephanie Gifford (who will be our guest speaker at our monthly meeting on January 23).

You have a voice and our voices combined can make a difference here.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is using taxpayer funds to direct Idaho teens to Planned Parenthood for sexual health services. This is a long but important post.

We have some excellent legislators on the House Health and Welfare committee, so I sent them an email outlining my concerns and asking them to look into it. I’ll email the Senate committee next. Here is a summary of what is going on. If you are also bothered by a state agency promoting Planned Parenthood to minors, please email the committee as well and ask them to investigate. The email addresses are in the comments. DHW is an executive agency so I don’t know how the oversight works, but hopefully there is something that can be done. Since they are an executive agency, the emails for the governor and lieutenant governor are also there.

The Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) runs a program called Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, which they use to provide controversial sexual health education, including Comprehensive Sexuality Education. As part of the APP program, DHW publishes the following website: www.idahoteenpregnancy.com. DHW also pays for media advertising to promote the website.

On the site, DHW teaches teens about the five kinds of sex and the many types of birth control. They promote Planned Parenthood and similar organizations. Following is a list of entities to which this website directs teenage students. Check them out and see if this is where you want your kids learning about intimacy:

Planned Parenthood – www.plannedparenthood.org – The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare refers students directly to Planned Parenthood locations on the Resources page.

Advocates for Youth – www.advocatesforyouth.org – One of their top issues is promoting abortion. From their website: “Young people have the right to abortion care, and are leading the fight to ensure everyone has access.” They also state that, “All people need access to the full spectrum of reproductive healthcare services including comprehensive sex education, contraception, maternity care, pre-natal care, and abortion.” Other advocacy issues that AFY engages in include reproductive justice, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, Comprehensive Sexuality Education, and contraceptive access. They work closely with Planned Parenthood and the two groups often cross-promote each other

Power to Decide – www.powertodecide.org – This website helps teens find the right method of birth control. “We won’t stop until every young person has access to accurate, quality sexual health information and the full range of contraceptive methods—without barriers or judgment.” They have Emeritus Board Members from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Advocates for Youth, and ETR Associates (a major publisher of Comprehensive Sexuality Education curricula).

I Wanna Know – www.iwannaknow.org/teens/sexualhealth.html – This website promotes safe sex as young people fulfill their sexual needs. The website was created by the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA). The ASHA’s Vision Statement includes the following: “The American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) envisions a world where sexual and reproductive health and rights are universally recognized, and where comprehensive sexual health information and services are accessible and available to all, free from coercion, violence, and discrimination across the lifespan.” ASHA collaborates with Planned Parenthood

Guttmacher Institute – www.guttmacher.org
Their goal is “to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally.” They were originally founded within the corporate structure of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and has been historically funded in part by PPFA.

Why is the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare using public funds to promote Planned Parenthood and their affiliates to our teenagers? This is certainly not the proper role of government. An organization that kills millions of babies every year throughout the world should not get a penny of free advertising from funds earned by hard working Americans. Whether they’re using state or federal funds doesn’t matter. It all belongs to the taxpayer. Please take a moment to write an email to the governor and our legislators and ask them to look into it.

Governor Brad Little – governor@gov.idaho.gov
House Health and Welfare Committee:
fwood@house.idaho.gov
jwagoner@house.idaho.gov
jvanderwoude@house.idaho.gov
mgibbs@house.idaho.gov
mblanksma@house.idaho.gov
mkingsley@house.idaho.gov
bzollinger@house.idaho.gov
cchristensen@house.idaho.gov
jgreen@house.idaho.gov
LLickley@house.idaho.gov

By Stephanie Gifford, Published Jan 12, 2019