And They Expect to Be Taken Seriously?

Last week Aurora Planned Parenthood blogger Veronica wrote:

Are you just as frustrated by the Aurora situation as I am? I know you are! Are you also frustrated by the general animosity towards women’s bodies and our reproductive rights? We’re in luck!

Then she posted information about an upcoming townhall meeting:

The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council, and the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum present…

Understanding Reproductive Justice:
Reclaiming Choice and Broadening the Movement

Thursday, October 11
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
800 South Halsted Street
Free and open to the public.
Reservations are required.

For more information or to reserve your place, contact the Illinois Caucus
for Adolescent Health online,
by e-mail, or by calling 312.427.4460 x233.
Reservations must be made by October 9

The event’s page is here. It’s not surprising that Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area is promoting this event, as they’ve partnered with one of the host organizations, the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), to form a coalition whose goal is to strip all funding of abstinence education for Illinois schools and require them to use so-called comprehensive sex education programs instead. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you might remember ICAH. Last year, ICAH held its annual fundraiser at Playboy‘s executive offices. That event — view the invitation here [PDF] — included a VIP reception with Playboy CEO Christie Hefner, the daughter of Hugh Hefner, who founded the magazine in 1953. Several years ago, Christie decided that the company could make more money by producing increasingly harder-core pornography—something that even her father was reluctant to do for a long time. This year, ICAH’s annual fundraiseran adults-only event, of course, just like last year’s—promised “A Neo-Burlesque performance” by stripper Michelle L’amour. If you go to Michelle L’amour’s website (as you’ll see below, it should be obvious why I won’t link directly to her site), you get a message that says this:

Disclaimer The Official Michelle L’amour website contains depictions and discussions of a sensual and/or sexual nature. Though this site is NOT pornographic, it is not intended for viewers under the age of 18 and should not be viewed by such. By entering this site you certify that you are over the age of 18, otherwise legally able to access this sort of material and are not offended by it. By deciding to view this site you are agreeing that you morally consent to such material (that includes but is not limited to frank and often humorous depictions and/or discussions of a sexual nature). You further agree to hold the performer known as Michelle L’amour and the creator(s) of this website harmless in any legal matter that might arise from your viewing of or gathering information from this website. If you feel in any way that such material as is contained herein might offend you on any level you should not proceed.

Doesn’t this tell us everything we need to know about the values being pushed on our kids by the supporters of so-called comprehensive sex education? You have to wonder how an organization whose events feature pornographers and strippers can possibly expect to be taken seriously when they claim to know what our children should be taught about sex.

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