I am part of a team of staff here at MCH who are teaching a sex ed curriculum. We are using the “Just Say Know” curriculum by CLER Ministries. it is an excellent curriculum and I highly recommend it.
For one of the sessions we were to gather as many examples of contraceptives as possible. for help on this, one of our team contacted Planned Parenthood. This particular team member is strongly pro-life and acknowledged being apprehensive about making this contact.
When the day of that session came, she was beaming over her interact with Planned Parenthood Waco. “They just gave me all these things, and asked me if they could do anything else to help.” She was veritably bubbling, “I told them about our class, and they sounded excited. They encouraged us to emphasize abstinence.”
The “Just Say Know” plan does have a strong abstinence message, in case you were curious. But it presents it in the context of helping young people learn and be able to talk about issues of anatomy, sexuality, and intimacy.
My point for this post is that this person expected to be really uncomfortable working with Planned Parenthood. This discomfort makes sense if you are pro-life. Some of the pro-life stuff I have heard might lead a person to believe that Planned parenthood encourages abortion. Sometimes it seems like, according to some pro-life people, Planned Parenthood would encourage women to get pregnant just to get an abortion.
What we found, however, is that when it comes down to people actually interacting with other people, these stereotypes may fall by the wayside.
In these post-health-care-debate days, what other issues might we set aside rhetoric and name calling and stereotyping and actually discuss things civilly?