Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson Signs Law to Keep Planned Parenthood Out of Public Schools

On Wednesday Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed H.B. 1592, the Student Protection Act, into law.

This good law by Rep. Mark Lowery (R – Maumelle) prohibits public schools in Arkansas from engaging in transactions with abortion providers. It passed the Arkansas Legislature with strong support.

In March, Family Council obtained nearly 1,400 pages of documents that revealed how Planned Parenthood has worked in public schools in Pulaski County for several years.

We know from experience that the kind of sex-education that Planned Parenthood promotes simply is not as effective as other programs.

In the 1980s and 1990s liberals in Arkansas promoted Planned Parenthood-style sex-education in Arkansas’ public schools.

From 1991 to 1997 Arkansas’ teen birthrate decreased by 11% and Arkansas teen abortion rate decreased by 18%.

In 1997 the Arkansas Legislature and the Mike Huckabee Administration began promoting abstinence education in Arkansas.

From 1997 to 2005, Arkansas’ teen birthrate decreased 17%, but Arkansas’ teen abortion rate plummeted a staggering 48%.

Governor Huckabee’s abstinence education model was so successful in Arkansas that it drew national recognition.

In 2016 — while President Barack Obama was still in office — the federal Centers for Disease Control released a 208-page report concluding teenagers who practice abstinence are healthier in nearly every way than teenagers who are sexually active.

The CDC’s report looked at everything from seatbelt and bike helmet use to substance abuse, diet, exercise, and even tanning bed use.

Their conclusion was that sexually-active teens were less healthy and engaged in riskier behavior across the board.

H.B. 1592 will help make sure that abortionists don’t have access to Arkansas’ public school students, and it will help encourage schools to seek out better sex-ed curricula than what Planned Parenthood has to offer.

Family Council Obtains Documents Showing Planned Parenthood in Pulaski County Public Schools

A screenshot from the documents outlining some of the topics Planned Parenthood covers with students.

Last month Family Council sent a Freedom of Information Act request to the Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) asking for communications between Planned Parenthood employees and school district employees.

PCSSD includes public schools in Pulaski County outside of Little Rock.

In response, the Pulaski County Special School district sent Family Council 1,395 pages of redacted email correspondences, attachments, and other documents revealing that Planned Parenthood has been active in multiple central Arkansas public schools over the past several years.

In particular, the emails reveal that Planned Parenthood’s Education and Outreach coordinator gave a series of presentations at Sylvan Hills High School in 2018 and again in 2019.

The coordinator was invited back to give lectures at the school in 2020, but the coronavirus outbreak—coupled with the coordinator at Planned Parenthood changing jobs—apparently put a halt to that.

A screenshot from the documents outlining some of the topics Planned Parenthood covers with students.

Planned Parenthood conducted similar presentations at Fuller Middle School in 2015, Mills High School in 2016, and Joe T. Robinson in 2018 or 2019.

The documents also show that Planned Parenthood communicated extensively with the counselor at Maumelle High School, and that Planned Parenthood may have conducted activities at Cloverdale Middle School and McClellan High School over the past few years.

All of this underscores why new legislation like H.B. 1592 is so important.

H.B. 1592 is a good bill by Rep. Mark Lowery (R – Maumelle) that prohibits public schools in Arkansas from working with abortion providers.

H.B. 1592 will help make sure Planned Parenthood and other abortionists don’t continue to have access to our state’s public schools.

H.B. 1592 is currently before the Senate Education Committee.

Read H.B. 1592 Here.

Read all 1,395 pages of documents from the PCSSD here.

Read a few excerpts from the documents here.

Bad Comprehensive Sex-Education Bill Filed in Little Rock

On Wednesday Sen. Greg Leding (D – Fayetteville) and Rep. Megan Godfrey (D – Springdale) filed S.B. 655.

This bad bill implements comprehensive sex-education in public schools in Arkansas. Comprehensive sex-education generally promotes contraceptives over and above abstinence.

The comprehensive sex-education programs outlined in S.B. 655 are similar to the ineffective programs promoted by Planned Parenthood and the Obama Administration.

We know from experience that these programs aren’t effective at preventing teen pregnancy and teen abortion.

In the 1980s and 1990s liberals in Arkansas promoted sex-education programs like the ones that S.B. 655 would implement.

From 1991 to 1997 Arkansas’ teen birthrate decreased by 11% and Arkansas teen abortion rate decreased by 18%.

In 1997 the Arkansas Legislature and the Huckabee Administration began promoting abstinence education in Arkansas.

From 1997 to 2005, Arkansas’ teen birthrate decreased 17%, but Arkansas’ teen abortion rate plummeted a staggering 48%.

Governor Huckabee’s abstinence education model was so successful in Arkansas that it drew national recognition.

In 2016 — while President Barack Obama was still in office — the federal Centers for Disease Control released a 208-page report concluding teenagers who practice abstinence are healthier in nearly every way than teenagers who are sexually active.

The CDC’s report looked at everything from seatbelt and bike helmet use to substance abuse, diet, exercise, and even tanning bed use.

Their conclusion was that sexually-active teens were less healthy and engaged in riskier behavior.

Unfortunately, legislation like S.B. 655 encourages teenagers to be sexually-active — which is linked to other unhealthy decisions.

Simply put, if the state is serious about promoting teen health and decreasing abortion and teen birthrates, then history and data both prove that abstinence education is the right way to go.

Below is a table showing teen birthrate and teen abortion rate numbers for Arkansas from 1990 – 2017, the most recent year for which we have calculated figures on abortion rates in Arkansas.

YearArkansas Teen BirthrateArkansas Teen Abortion Rate
199080.118.29
199179.518.12
199274.815.09
199372.814.00
199474.816.26
199571.915.61
199673.515.79
199770.814.78
199869.714.49
199966.112.73
200066.211.40
200162.711.69
200260.49.85
200359.39.96
200460.38.64
200558.67.68
200660.89.41
200760.18.60
200859.88.46
200957.87.65
201052.57.26
201150.76.02
201245.75.38
201343.54.57
201439.54.95
2015384.09
201634.63.50
201732.83.50