New regulation prohibits organizations that provide abortions from educating intercourse schooling in Arkansas colleges
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KARK) – A new state law on the books is affecting how sex education is taught in Arkansas public schools.
Law 820, known as the Arkansas Student Protection Act, does not allow any public school in the state to have any relationship with any organization that offers abortion.
This means that organizations like Planned Parenthood have officially got the boat.
The law, signed by Governor Hutchinson, effective Wednesday, removes any relationship between public schools and abortion facilities.
All of this while Arkansas is number one in the nation for teenage births and number two in the nation for teenage pregnancies.
Republican Representative Mark Lowery wrote the bill that Governor Hutchinson put into law, preventing organizations like Planned Parenthood from providing sex education in our schools because Planned Parenthood provides for abortions.
“I don’t think … an organization that has that attitude will check this at the door,” said Rep. Mark Lowery.
Lowery says he understands that Planned Parenthood offers many services other than abortion.
“But the truth is that their main source of income is abortion,” Lowery said. “And we believe that with this kind of relationship with our public schools this should be stopped.”
According to Lowery, this new law is all about protecting students.
But planned parenting seems to be different.
“I think it sends a message that full sex is not something that the legislature or the governor prioritize,” said Gloria Pedro of Planned Parenthood.
Pedro says this is just an effort to push her out.
“Our students shouldn’t be deprived of basic education because of the political agendas of our lawmakers,” said Pedro.
Planned parenting had sex educators at various schools in Arkansas. Now, despite the state’s alarming statistics, they have been kicked out:
Arkansas has the third highest child mortality rate in the country.
Arkansas has the highest teenage birth rate in the country among women ages 15-19. This is a statistic the state has held for the past four years.
“And I think these numbers show how desperately this accurate, medically sound information is needed,” said Pedro. “The focus here is on education and students, and it hurts them.”
There are other organizations schools can contract with to provide sex education, according to Rep. Lowery.
Planned parenting states that most of the sex education offered in the state is based on abstinence.
They say the statistics clearly show that the current model is not working.