East Bay district in fight over Planned Parenthood teaching sex ed

Byby Cornell Barnard
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
District in fight over Planned Parenthood teaching sex ed
Many parents at Acalanes High School were upset to learn Planned Parenthood is teaching sexual education at the school.

LAFAYETTE, Calif. -- An East Bay school district is caught in a controversy over sexual education. Planned Parenthood is teaching the course to students at Acalanes High School and many want it to stop.

Sex Ed is taught to every freshman class at Acalanes High. High school junior Daniel Parkin told ABC7 News he never forgot it.

"I learned tips on how to put a condom on, it was useful," said Parkin.

The course is taught by a representative from Planned Parenthood. It's a partnership, pro-life advocate, Camille Giglio has a problem with. She told ABC7 News, "Abortion and contraception and Planned Parenthood are controversial, parents don't know what's going on."

Giglio and some parents, such as Debbie Ward, want Planned Parenthood out of the classroom. Ward said, "I don't think promiscuity and anything they are involved in is something my child should be taught in school."

The superintendent says Planned Parenthood has been a consultant for comprehensive sex ed for 10 years. Parents have the right to opt out of the course and this fall only one student did.

"I totally agree that Planned Parenthood should teach what they know," parent Kimberly Polisner said.

Some parents have no problem with the course, but those who do plan to protest at Wednesday's school board meeting.