Planned Parenthood, Humanism, and Schools
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2016-02-17

Planned Parenthood has a three-step process to ensure its growth and survival. It gets young people involved in a sexual lifestyle, sells them contraceptives at a huge profit, and then—when the contraceptives fail—sells them abortions. 

The important first step in this process is getting to the young people through sex education programs in the schools. Planned Parenthood builds itself as the largest sexuality education provider in the United States. As anyone who has had the opportunity to review the PP sex programs knows, it does not give the children any direction on the right or wrong use of sex. Other than saying that all sex must be consensual, PP leaves decisions up to the children. These programs are often characterized by Planned Parenthood as “values free.”

But are they?

In reality, PP’s programs teach children values that are endorsed by the American Humanist Association. These include values such as: There are no objective rights and wrongs, you decide; you are entitled to the “full range of civil liberties” including contraception, abortion, divorce, suicide, and euthanasia; short of harming others, individuals should be able to engage in their sexual proclivities as they desire. These Humanist values are documented in Humanist Manifesto II.

Many parents have long objected to schools teaching the religion of Humanism and have tried to get these PP programs banned. Parents are met with the claim that Humanism, because it does not recognize the existence of a prayer-hearing God, is not a religion.

But, in the United States’ fast de-evolution into a hedonistic society, things are changing.

Back in 2014, in a case brought by a prison inmate and the American Humanist Association, a federal judge ruled that Humanism is a religion. He directed that secular Humanists be allowed to organize and teach their religion in federal prisons—the same as any other religious group. In making his decision, the judge cited a 1961 U.S. Supreme Court decision (Torcaso v. Watkins) that referred to Secular Humanism as a religion.

Also in 2014, the U.S. Army included Humanist as a religious affiliation. It allows Humanist soldiers to organize formally and gain access to secular chaplains and services.

Now that it has been clearly established that Secular Humanism is a religion, the question becomes one of “Does Planned Parenthood spread this religion through its programs?”

The main group representing Humanists in the United States is the American Humanist Association. Among the activities of AHA is the giving of awards to people who spread its religion. 

The fact is that all of Planned Parenthood’s major presidents (those who have served three years or more), as well as many of its board of directors, have received awards for spreading Humanist values. The list below gives a sampling of the Planned Parenthood people involved and the AHA awards given.

Margaret Sanger, founder and first major president, won the Humanist of the Year Award in 1957.
Alan F. Guttmacher, MD, second major president, was a signer of Humanist Manifesto II in 1973.
Faye Wattleton, third major president, won the Humanist of the Year Award in 1986.
Gloria Feldt, fourth major president, won the Humanist Distinguished Service Award in 2003.
Cecile Richards, current and fifth major president, has not, yet, won a Humanism Award, but she was founder of the Texas Freedom Network, whose website was hosted for many years by the Humanists of Houston, a member organization of AHA.
Albert Ellis, a member of Planned Parenthood leadership committee, won the Humanist of the Year Award in 1971.
Mary Calderone, MD, medical director, won the Humanist of the Year Award in 1974.
Betty Friedan, member of Planned Parenthood leadership committee, won the Humanist of the Year Award in 1975.
Isaac Asimov, member Planned Parenthood leadership committee, won the Humanist of the Year Award in 1984.
Lloyd Morain, member Planned Parenthood board of directors, won the Humanist of the Year Award in 1994.

In addition to these award winners, Tom Davis, who was at the time head of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America Clergy Committee, wrote a book, Sacred Work, in 2005, which was about the work of Planned Parenthood and included the line “Planned Parenthood, a secular humanist organization.”

Thus, there is really no doubt that Planned Parenthood is a champion of Humanism and receives awards for spreading its doctrine. As one reads the Humanist Manifesto II and then reads the content of Planned Parenthood’s sex programs for schools, the conclusion is obvious. Planned Parenthood’s programs teach Secular Humanist beliefs to our children. Why is this allowed to happen?

If we take the word of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Army, and a federal judge, Secular Humanism is a religion. No other religion is allowed to proselytize to our children in our public schools. Why should the Humanist religion be given a pass?

It is time all parents and ordinary citizens across the country rise up and put an end to this situation. Public schools are not allowed to teach a religion, and that is exactly what they are doing.