Worth Readingby Marybeth Hicks
File this under: Unintended irony.
The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) today released a report entitled â€œStand and Deliver: Sex, health and young people in the 21st Century.â€
Iâ€™m guessing the title eludes to the critically acclaimed film â€œStand and Deliverâ€ starring Edward James Olmos in which he played a dedicated math teacher who challenges his erstwhile high school dropouts to learn calculus. In the movie, these misunderstood yet courageous young people come of age, metaphorically, as they realize their true potential.
As it happens, according to the Web site phrases.org, the phrase â€œstand and deliverâ€¦ was used by 17th century highwaymen (robbers) in the UK, when holding up stagecoaches.â€ It literally means, â€œStop and give me your valuables.â€
Come to think of it, given the contents of this ghastly report, the title may be apropos after all because what the IPPF wants to do is hold our children up and steal their innocence, their childhoods and worst of all, their sexual morality.
First, some context: IPPF is the international umbrella for 180 Planned Parenthood organizations worldwide. Its political agenda includes population control through contraception and abortion, as well as the broad promotion of â€œsexual rights.â€
IPPF works closely the United Nations and other international groups to promote social and political change in support of their views on sexuality.
Those view include seven principles of â€œsexual rightsâ€ including that â€œSexuality is an integral part of the personhood of every human being, for this reason a favourable (sic) environment in which everyone may enjoy all sexual rights as part of the process of development must be createdâ€ and â€œSexuality, and pleasure deriving from it, is a central aspect of being human...â€
The IPPFâ€™s new report on sexuality in young people â€“ loosely defined but including anyone over the age of 10 â€“ expands on these rights to include children.
Thatâ€™s right. Children. More: http://worthreading.ning.com/profiles/blogs/ippf-wants-fifth-graders