UT Planned Parenthood sex program blocked
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2012-10-24

Children in the Cy-Fair School District are safer today. The graphic sex ed program It’s Your Game: Keep it Real that was scheduled to begin today in 17 middle schools will not be implemented this school year! What began for us as a simple plea for help from a distraught parent led to great rejoicing less than a month later when the Planned Parenthood/University of Texas sex ed program was blocked--one week before it was set to commence.

“We are in Texas and our school district is trying to teach 7th and 8th graders sex,” the September 25 e-mail to STOPP said. “This is a new program, It’s Your Game. Do you have any research that ties it back to Planned Parenthood? Also, please, can you pray for this cause? This is the home of the largest abortion facility in the Western Hemisphere, and we need to stop this. Please help.”

STOPP did not have research at that point on It’s Your Game, but Planned Parenthood’s involvement was obvious to us after seeing some of the materials. We sprung into action and, after only one day of prayerful research, found definitive proof that Planned Parenthood was a partner with the University of Texas at Houston Prevention Research Center in its core activity—”the diffusion of effective health promotion programs to health and education agencies, and the provision of training to health agency professionals to develop and evaluate effective health promotion programs locally and nationally.” That partnership is a fact which UT and PP set to work immediately following our article, it seems, to hide.

Houston parents were advised to read Jim Sedlak’s excellent book on taking back their children’s schools, and to organize and get all their evidence together to present to the school district. The parents had already begun poring through the sex ed program, uncovering one disgusting piece of information after another that was destined to collide head on with their children, and had begun rallying others in the community as if their lives depended on it.

In the meantime, God was gathering an unlikely army in Houston, which included extremely busy moms and dads, the neighbor of a child who had brought home permission papers for the program, a businessman who devotes himself full time to conducting free abstinence classes in schools, and community activists and a state senator. Each individual played an amazing and important role in building a solid wall of resistance that repelled the sex program—after they were told repeatedly by school officials that the program was already a “done deal” and there was nothing they could do about it. These concerned citizens literally set aside everything but the absolute essentials in their lives for the next three weeks to sound the alert, rally the troops, gather the evidence, and fight the battle that was before them.

That God himself was putting together this army is more than apparent. The core group of women fighters included two Baptists, a Methodist, and a Catholic. None of them were acquainted before the battle began. One did not have a child in the school district, but her neighbor did. All of them were exemplary prayer warriors and had ties to others who would ultimately play extremely important roles in alerting the community and would save the middle school children of Cy-Fair School District from a pernicious attack on their God-given modesty and innocence.

Parents say the program was misrepresented to them. According to Jennifer Fleck, who has a child who graduated from Cy-Fair, “The developers started with stark statistics to scare everyone first, then gave vague supportive statistics, saying that they have evidence that shows students who go through the 7th and 8th grade program have 1.5 greater odds of delaying sexual activity—whatever that means.”

Jennifer does not currently have a child in Cy-Fair middle schools, but her neighbor does. Under pressure to sign permission slips, her neighbor, Rita, was horrified at the content and told Jennifer so. Jennifer immediately charged Rita with doing everything she could to stop it and advised, “You better do something, stand up for what is right.” She told Rita she must fight until she was the last person standing.

But as Jennifer prayed about it, she said the Spirit fell on her so heavily and directed her, “No, Jennifer, you better be the last one standing.” So Jennifer changed all her plans, went home, and started watching most of the 7th and 8th grade videos. “I was horrified from the beginning,” she said. She started e-mailing media, the school board members, and government representatives. She got out the phone book and e-mailed pastors of 20 churches, as well as six or seven pastors from First Baptist—the church she attends.

Mayte Weitzman has a child in Cy-Fair and, unknown to Jennifer, had already been organizing parents and contacting media. In fact, it was Mayte who had contacted STOPP.

After the Wednesday STOPP Report published its first article about the urgent situation in Houston, Cy-Fair parents began contacting us. We were able to give them direction and help them connect with Mayte.

Around the same time, Mike Goss, a former businessman who has dedicated the last 10 years of his life to teaching abstinence and now heads Abstinence America, became involved.

He attended a meeting where he ran into Mayte, and began working with her and other parents to stop the program.

Using his own money, he printed 50 signs which were placed adjacent to each of the 17 middle schools in Cy-Fair. They advised parents: “Opt out of Cy-Fair’s safer sex ed for 7th and 8th graders.” The signs directed them to the Facebook page that Mike had created. The Facebook page gave the parents a place for sharing information and helped bring the community together to fend off the program.

By October 8, many parents were onboard, the word was getting out, and the media showed up for a very emotional school board meeting, with more than 200 people present.

With implementation of the program imminent, another Cy-Fair parent was trying to reach her state senator to ask for his help when the group received information that there was to be a meeting on another matter, and the senator might be there.

Mayte was able to clear her schedule and went to the meeting, praying that she would meet up with the senator and that God would give her the words to describe the urgency of the situation. In what she describes as “a God moment,” the senator himself opened the door and introduced himself when Mayte arrived there. She seized the opportunity to lay out an urgent request.

Following that encounter, one of the parents brought the senator up to date with the information the parents had amassed. The parents say that the senator met with the superintendent, who subsequently issued a letter saying that some of the objectionable materials toward the end of the 7th grade program would be moved to 8th grade. Other than that, it appeared It’s Your Game would proceed.

That was definitely not a solution the parents would accept.

Senator Patrick intervened again, and on Tuesday, October 23, Mayte got the second letter—this time saying the curriculum will not be used this school year.

God has blessed our efforts immensely. The articles that STOPP wrote about It’s Your Game have been circulated to countless parents and helped many understand the depth of the depravity involved in the program and the urgency to take action to stop it. Our discussions with parents have spurred them on to further action and helped them unite and strategize to protect their children. The program has been blocked, at least for this school year, and the parents are working hard to make sure it never enters Cy-Fair middle schools, and to alert parents in other school districts.

There were so many people working to stop this program, one parent said, that no one really knows about all the legs that were in place. Mayte and Jennifer never even met one another until after It’s Your Game had been cancelled, though both were playing extremely important roles in stopping the program.

“Don’t ever believe that you are alone. There are other people working and you are a piece of what’s happening,” said Jennifer Fleck, in retrospect. “If you are called to send an e-mail or letter, go for it. I had no idea I was part of an army coming from all sides.”

We praise God that He chose STOPP to be a part of this valiant effort. If you are fighting Planned Parenthood sex education in Houston or elsewhere, please let us know. We would love to assist you in any way that we can. E-mail [email protected].