California Schools Push Controversial Partnership With Planned Parenthood

It was clear that pro-abortion progressives were prepared to do anything in their power to blunt the impact of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down earlier decisions guaranteeing federal abortion rights. One ongoing effort in California seeks to install Planned Parenthood clinics at various high schools.

The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District board planned to vote on such a measure during its meeting on Monday, which sparked widespread backlash. Instead of approving or denying the proposal, board members opted to postpone the vote until a future meeting.

According to reports, the district is considering whether to open the Planned Parenthood facility on the campus of Norwalk’s John Glenn High School.

Details were scarce regarding exactly what types of services the proposed clinic would offer, though it was clear that staff members would be able to refer students to an off-site Planned Parenthood facility to receive “services not offered” at the on-campus clinic.

This was just the latest push to integrate the nation’s largest abortion provider into California’s public school system.

More than a decade ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District implemented the first such collaboration when it approved the installation of a Planned Parenthood facility at Roosevelt High School. At the time, proponents touted the fact that staff would be on hand to distribute birth control, offer counseling, test for sexually transmitted diseases, and hand out pregnancy tests to students.

Planned Parenthood pushed a plan in 2019 that would involve placing dozens of similar clinics in high schools throughout the Los Angeles area. In addition to $6 million provided by the organization, Los Angeles County contributed $10 million to the controversial initiative.

Ahead of Monday’s school board meeting, a group of concerned parents showed up to protest the proposal.

Nicole Neily, who serves as the president of the group Parents Defending Education, issued a statement of opposition, declaring: “Families and taxpayers should be horrified that the Norwalk-La Mirada USD is considering a partnership with Planned Parenthood.”

She went on to lament the fact that parents could be left in the dark regarding the choices that their minor children make upon consulting with staff members at the clinic.

“To add insult to injury, there is no way for parents to EVER obtain this information, as the contract asserts that all medical records are to be maintained by Planned Parenthood,” Neily wrote.