March 3, 2016
The Alaska Senate has passed a bill that would ban Planned Parenthood materials from being used in public school sex education classes.
According to Live Action News, Senate Bill 89 requires parents to give permission before their child attends public school sex education classes. The bill also would ban educational material from any “abortion services provider,” including Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood, which claims it is currently providing education material to more than 2,000 children in Alaska, is opposed to the bill, saying it would place “unconstitutional restrictions on the education available to communities across the state.”
State Senator Cathy Giessel, a co-sponsor of the bill, believes, contrary to Planned Parenthood, that the bill will help parents have more control over the education of their children and allow them to make more choices.
“To have special interests coming into the schools, many parents believe is inappropriate. If they wanted their children to receive materials and philosophy from Planned Parenthood, any parent could certainly take their child to a Planned Parenthood clinic, but it doesn’t belong in an institution where we’re providing a broad education for all of Alaska’s children,” said Giessel.
Senate Bill 89 has passed the Senate and now goes on to Alaska’s House of Representatives for approval.