As Texas parents search for summer programs, Planned Parenthood is offering to teach kids as young as 4th graders about puberty, sexuality, and sex.
The organization known for providing “transgender hormone therapy,” giving teens advice on contraception, and being the nation’s largest abortion provider is advertising their free Summer Education Series. The courses range from virtual sessions and sex ed camps to period parties.
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ “Puberty and Periods” parties are held for fourth-graders and fifth-graders to discuss physical puberty changes, menstruation, and menstrual products.
FREE summer workshop! This age-appropriate & medically accurate program is designed to give 4th and 5th graders the information they need to be prepared for puberty changes.
— Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas (@PPGreaterTX) July 3, 2023
Another event, the Middle School Sex Ed summer camp in Austin, is advertised as covering topics like gender and sexual identity, reproductive anatomy, and birth control. These classes do require parental permission, but organizations like Texas Family Project say Planned Parenthood should not be trusted to provide accurate or appropriate education for kids.
“A group parading around claiming ‘abortion is healthcare’ or ‘gender is fluid’ has no business telling me or my kids what medically accurate information is,” Texas Family Project President Brady Gray said.
As Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of sex ed curriculum in the country, parental rights advocates are calling for a sex ed opt-in system.
Under the opt-in policy, Texas parents and guardians must provide written consent to opt their children into “instruction in reproductive health.” The policy went into effect in Texas in 2021, but is set to expire in 2024.
A measure came up for consideration in the 88th Legislative Session that would have allowed the opt-in system to continue past its expiration date. While it passed the Texas Senate, it was killed in the House Calendars Committee by Chairman Dustin Burrows (R–Lubbock), who placed it on the last calendar and let the clock run out.