After hearing from outraged parents, Austin ISD has backed off plans to use Planned Parenthood's sex education materials in its schools.
Planned Parenthood's "Get Real" curriculum encourages role-play of intimate scenarios, offers definitions on gender identity, while promoting homosexuality.
“Instead of teaching kids to abstain from sex, which is supposed to be talked about as it states in our law, they're actually teaching kids how to have sex,” says Nicole Hudgens, director of policy for Texas Values.
“There's a difference between children being taught their body parts and they should not be touched in certain ways, that they would protect themselves, that's one thing. But, putting them in situations where they are role-playing these sexual situations, that's not okay.”
In the end, Austin ISD cited a new state law that bans local governments from contracting with abortion providers or their affiliates. The district says “staff” are rewriting the curriculum for both grades 3-5 and 6-8, and will allow parents to review all materials before adopting them later this year.
Hudgens still encourages every parent who has a child in school to double-check their district's sex ed curriculum.
“These radical groups like Planned Parenthood and other groups have gotten together to create these so-called national standards, claiming that's what children need to be taught,” she says. “We don't want abortion providers teaching radical sex ed to our children.”