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As we work to save lives from abortion and empower women for positive choice today, a handful of pro-abortion activists are gearing up to target our vital work.
Under the guise of, “Exposing Fake Clinics,” these activists are launching a fall campaign Oct. 23-28 to follow on the heels of their failed summer assault. (To see exactly how it failed, check out Heartbeat's coverage at The Federalist, The Christian Post and Pregnancy Help News.)
The overall goal is clear: to cut pregnancy centers down to Planned Parenthood’s size online.
Pro-abortion activists know that women are rejecting abortion and Planned Parenthood in droves, and a survey of consumer-based Google Local ratings bears out that reality in striking colors—especially when you compare the Abortion Giant's slew of negative client reviews to that of centers and medical clinics like ours, where 99 percent of clients rave about our empowering services.
The hit campaign is organized into three primary categories, which Tim Stephens at Heartbeat’s Extend Web Services identified for us back in the first round of attacks this summer:
Here’s a couple of questions you may have:
While this is clearly meant as an attack from the abortion lobby against life-affirming organizations like ours, we can't miss out on a golden opportunity to message this to our donors and community supporters. We want you to be aware of this so you can pray - and stand against the very gates of Hell! If you 've been touched by Silent Voices in any way, please take the time to write a positive review for us on Yelp, Google, Yahoo and/or Facebook!
(Information about this planned attack - Heartbeat International)
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If you happen to be in the greater Los Angeles area and have young children in elementary school, boy are you in for a treat. There’s a new sex education program coming your way with the charming title of, “Puberty: The Wonder Years.” And it will be starting as early as fourth grade. (LA Times)
Sex education lessons are reportedly set to be tested for students as young as fourth grade in some Los Angeles Unified schools.
One of the courses the LAUSD is testing is “Puberty: The Wonder Years” authored by Michigan health educator and nurse Wendy Sellers, according to the Daily News.
Sellers, who has trained hundreds of teachers on her curriculum, says her course is aimed at changing the traditional role of sex education, which she told the Daily News often consisted in the past of a video on menstruation for girls in the sixth grade and another separate lesson for the boys in another classroom.
Right off the bat I’ll just say that I’m not such a prude that I don’t recognize the need to have improved sex education programs. Provided it’s done with the approval of the parents and remains age appropriate, there’s plenty of room for the system to do better. Also, for better or worse, children are maturing sexually earlier than they used to. Some of the horror stories about kids getting almost no education along these lines at home demonstrates the need to do better.
But where do you draw the line between actual sex education and social justice indoctrination? Young girls should be prepared for the onset of menstruation and both genders should be aware of all the health aspects which are involved in puberty. This program, however, goes considerably further. (Emphasis added)
Her curriculum – one that Sellers says is inclusive of LGTBQ identities and doesn’t assume traditional gender roles in describing relationships – would reportedly be taught to students between fourth and sixth grade and would integrate examples of same-sex couples into lessons.
According to the curriculum’s website, the goal of “Puberty: The Wonder Years” is to “equip students in grades 4, 5, and 6 with the knowledge and skills to 1) appreciate and respect the amazing changes experienced by self and others, and 2) to postpone sexual intercourse.”
I have no problem with integrating same-sex couples into the discussion early because that’s something that the kids will be encountering in real life anyway and a certain percentage of them are no doubt going to wind up in such relationships themselves. But the program’s authors couldn’t just leave it there. Denying “traditional gender roles” is just code language for indoctrinating children into the cultural normalization of gender dysphoria as somehow being normal and injecting even more confusion into an already confusing time of life.
There’s a Facebook page for the program where you can read all sorts of interesting comments and curriculum specifics. I was going to leave a comment myself, but I think you need to be an invited member.
This is yet another example of why schools – particularly public schools – can not be accepted as not only default baby sitters but essentially replacement parents. The family is primarily responsible for decisions as to what constitutes “education” for their children, and the churches play a role as well. If the parents of Los Angeles want their kids enrolled in some sort of transgender integration project, that’s on them. But if they aren’t being kept in the loop and given the option to keep their kids out of such “classes” then something needs to change.
(Washington, DC) -Ascend applauds the decision by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) to cut short, by two years, the failed TPP program which will be required to end June 2018. After a review of findings by HHS, the program, generously funded under the Obama administration since 2010, has simply failed to deliver expected outcomes despite its nearly billion-dollar price tag.
TPP programs were promoted on an “approved” list by the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) and showcased as model programs that could be implemented with confidence. The OAH website stated, “Evidence-based programs can be expected to produce positive results consistently.” In good faith, many schools and communities across the country implemented these programs but did not experience the “positive results” promised. In fact, in replicating these “evidenced-based” programs, 80% of students fared no better or even worse than those who did not receive programs. Additionally, three programs were found to put teens at greater risk by increasing sexual initiation, pregnancy and oral sex.  And yet, false assertions of success by TPP proponents tout the program as a major contributor to the decline in teen birth rates. However, as HHS leadership notes, the TPP program has reached a mere 1% of the teen population since 2010 and can hardly lay claim to the precipitous drop that has been observed since 1991. Further, a 28% increase in the number of high school students choosing to wait for sex has been documented during this same time period. 
Mary Anne Mosack, Executive Director of Ascend, stated, “We encourage Congress to follow the responsible decision made by HHS to end this failed program by prioritizing the health of youth over special interest groups content to make exaggerated claims of success. By any measure, common sense would dictate that this program does not deserve the continued support of hard earned tax dollars. As President Obama said in his 2009 inaugural address, ‘The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – …where the answer is no, programs will end.’ ”
For TPP, the answer is clearly no.
 United States Department of Health and Human Services; The Office of Adolescent Health. (2015, February 25)
 Office of Adolescent Health (2016) Summary of findings from the TPP program Grantees (FY2010-2014). Washington, DC: HHS.(2016). Special issue of American Journal of Public Health explores impacts of Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program. American Journal of Public Health: September 2016. 106 (S1):S9-S15.
 CDC. (2016). Youth Online: High School YRBS 2015.
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As a new school year begins, we want to encourage every parent to protect their children! Gone are the days when you could send your kids out the door to school, confident that the school had their best in mind. No longer! The liberal left - led by the LGBT community - is hell bent on indoctrinating our kids - YOUR kids - our FUTURE. They've been pushing "free sex" and abortion for decades - now they're pushing homosexuality, etc.
According to The American College of Pediatricians (ACP), “facts – not ideology – determine reality.” They issued a warning to legislators and educators about the dangers of surgical and medical sex change operations to children.
“Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse,” the physicians said, 'Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBTQ – affirming countries.'
"The group, which aims at getting parents involved in their children’s health and education about health, said, 'Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one,” and that, 'A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking.'
"To the contrary, the group maintained that human sexuality is a 'binary trait' and said the XY and XX chromosomes that determine female or male sex are 'genetic markers of health' not 'genetic markers of a disorder.'
“'No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex,' the statement said.
"The American Academy of Pediatricians, the larger professional society from which the ACP broke away in 2002, has surgical and medical interventions in youth to suppress the hormones that naturally cause girls to grow into women and boys to men.
"The ACP says this change in position has put American teens at higher risk for physical and mental illness. 'Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous…as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty,' the ACP pointed out, and noted that children who use puberty blockers to 'impersonate the opposite sex' will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence that in turn can cause dangerous health risks such as high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.
"One of the statement’s authors is psychologist Paul McHugh. Drawing upon his clinical work with LGBTQ persons as chief psychologist at Johns Hopkins hospital and research as distinguished professor at the university’s medical school, McHugh has criticized what he sees as the American Psychological Association’s embracing of gender ideology at the expense of sound medical practice. McHugh authored an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned man-woman marriage laws in the U.S. last year.
"Pro-LGBT groups criticized the ACP statement saying it would incite discrimination; one group called it an 'attack on transgender children'. A public interest law firm labeled the ACP a 'hate group' when it filed an amicus brief with the Alabama Supreme Court which favored exceptions to the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling knocking down U.S. laws protecting marriage as between a man and a woman."
If you have children, you HAVE to pay attention to what your kids are saying - and what they're not saying about what happens at school. Listen to what they say to friends - dig deeper into their lives at school - it's your job to protect your children from predators and from those who want to push their agenda on them.
Source: Pushing gender ideology on kids is child abuse: pediatricians group
The World Health Organization is putting out a warning about a new drug resistant strain of gonorrhea, a common sexually-transmitted disease.
The WHO now says first-line antibiotics are becoming useless in the worldwide fight against gonorrhea.
Kansas City health officials say they have not seen the superbugs in their region.
"Gonorrhea is a really smart bacteria and it's starting to evolve," said Tonya Randle Bailey, a nurse. "It's getting resistant to some of our traditional antibiotics that we use."
Antibiotic resistance is causing gonorrhea to become harder and sometimes impossible to treat, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Most of the antibiotic resistant strains have been reported on the coasts. Kansas City health officials hope that they can keep the bacterium at bay through sex education and better screening measures.
Doctors are warned not to overprescribe antibiotics. The public is advised to be careful about their sex partners and to use condoms.
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BY JESSICA WAPNER ON 5/8/17
Many adolescents rely on web sources for sexual health information instead of school or their parents, according to a report by Youth+Tech+Sex.
Technology is the new sex ed class for many teens of the 2010s. While the internet may be rife with pornography, its role in teaching teens about sexual and reproductive health has been less well recognized. But a recently published report illuminates how crucial technology has become for adolescents. The report, called TECHsex 2017 and published by Youth+Tech+Sex, a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California, provides data and insights from a large national survey and small group interviews in seven U.S. cities. Following up on a similar report published in 2011, TECHsex 2017 takes an in-depth look at how—and why—teenagers access information online about sexual health. And it gives the scoop on online dating and flirting among the under-25 set, including the burgeoning role of come-hither emojis. “I send the heart eyes,” notes one 18-year-old in the report. “Who knows what will happen after that?”
According to the report, many adolescents say they search online for sexual health information because the relevant education at school is insufficient and their parents refuse to discuss sex. Although nearly 500 of the 1,500 survey respondents ranked healthcare professionals as the best way to learn about sex, more than 300 said online search engines were better. In the focus groups, many participants said that the anonymity of a Google search was best for locating services and understanding the symptoms of sexually transmitted diseases.
Popular websites for sex ed include WebMD, Planned Parenthood, Sex, Etc., TeenSource and Go Ask Alice. YouTube, Facebook and Tumblr are also favorite resources. Some of the respondents, who were between the ages of 13 and 24, said pornography websites could also be educational. Many respondents did not consider Wikipedia to be a trustworthy source. And many teens interviewed in the smaller groups acknowledged the worry-inducing risk of turning to Dr. Internet. “I went on Google for something and it was like, either you just messed up your toe or you got cancer,” said an 18-year-old from Birmingham, Alabama.XOXO and Emojis
Dating apps are increasingly common among the youth, the survey indicates. Thirty-four percent of respondents said they use online dating sites and 70 percent of those who used the sites met in person with a dating site connection. Although the least common reason for using a dating app was for “hooking up,” 30 percent of male respondents and 18 percent of female respondents said that was one of their goals.But flirting through social media is much more popular than using dating apps among teenagers. Messaging, “liking” photos and status updates, following and leaving comments are all common approaches to flirting. Many respondents said emojis, particularly those with innuendo—think eggplant, sweat droplets—are also effective for flirting.
Many of the responding teens acknowledged that online flirting has become confusing. They commonly misunderstand intentions and read too deeply into smiley faces. “Each emoji should come with a paragraph stating what my emoji means,” said one focus group participant.Perhaps not surprisingly, smartphones are the most common device owned by teens. More than 85 percent of survey respondents owned one, a dramatic increase from the 26 percent reported in the 2011 survey. Many respondents said they couldn’t imagine abstaining from social media, and many also said they’d be viewed as weird if they did. About a third of participants said that deleting social media accounts would negatively affect their friendships.
Geographic Differences The report also addresses the disparities in sexual education between the southern U.S. and the rest of the country. Teens in Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi said they relied more on their families than on the internet for information about sexual health. Their concerns differed from teens elsewhere. Southern adolescents worried more about teen pregnancy, police brutality, diabetes and nutrition whereas those in other U.S. regions were more concerned about mental and emotional health. In the south, more teens were wary about online relationships and being fooled by a fake online persona, also known as catfishing.
Both unsurprising and disturbing, online harassment is a big problem for teenagers, according to the report. More than 40 percent of respondents said they’d been bullied online and nearly 60 percent knew someone who had. The harassment often continued after pleas to stop. Many focus group participants recounted cyberbullying experiences, some of which were mild and some of which ended in suicide. They also said the problem often leaked into their offline lives. “Cyberbullying is more than what happens on social media,” said one participant. “It actually comes in your front door, in your house, in the living room with you… It’s there. It’s everywhere.”
The report includes several recommendations for ensuring the prudent use of technology and the internet as sexual health resources. Perhaps to the lament of some parents, none of the suggestions include shutting off the phone.
Sharon Pearce has served as the Director of Silent Voices since 1984, and has dedicated her life to speaking up for the unborn - and for the women who have been hurt by abortion.