Planned Parenthood Looking to Run Sex-Ed Programs in Little Rock

Planned Parenthood has posted a job opening for a Sexual Health Education Intern in Little Rock.

According to the job listing, the intern’s responsibilities will include assisting “with the development and implementation of sexual health education programs for students” in Little Rock and the surrounding area and helping out with sex-education programs in schools and at other organizations.

Presumably this means Planned Parenthood wants to teach sex-education in public schools in or around Little Rock, if they are not already doing so.

Under Arkansas law, comprehensive sex-education is not mandated statewide, and schools are encouraged to teach abstinence to students. However, individual public schools have a certain amount of leeway when it comes to partnering with individuals and organizations to teach classes and conduct programs on campus.

The State of Arkansas has worked hard to sever ties with Planned Parenthood and other abortionists, and the state has denied Planned Parenthood grants and contracts in Arkansas.

Last spring the Arkansas Legislature narrowly defeated a measure that would have opened our public schools to Planned Parenthood-type sex-education.

Simply put, we don’t need Planned Parenthood teaching sex-education in our public schools.

In the Pacific Northwest, the Obama Administration gave Planned Parenthood millions of dollars to teach a teen pregnancy prevention curriculum to students. After going through the program, students actually were more likely to become pregnant or cause a pregnancy — not less.

We have analyzed data that demonstrates the kinds of sex-education programs Planned Parenthood promotes aren’t good for students.

Our public schools need to think twice before letting Planned Parenthood through their doors.

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Updated: S.B. 304 Fails in Committee

Yesterday around 6:00 P.M., S.B. 304, the bad sex-education bill by Sen. Will Bond (D – Little Rock) and Rep. LeAnne Burch (D – Monticello), failed in the House Education Committee.

This bill would make it possible for Planned Parenthood to worm its way into junior high and high schools across Arkansas under the auspices of teaching teen pregnancy prevention and sex-education.

After a lot of testimony and discussion, the bill received eight votes from the committee members; it needed 11 to pass.

During the meeting, Rep. Mark Lowery (R – Maumelle) offered a good amendment to S.B. 304 that would have prevented abortion-providers like Planned Parenthood from teaching the sex-education courses this bill authorizes, but the committee did not add his good amendment to the bill.

Thankfully, the bill ultimately failed to pass.

Below is a breakdown of how each representative voted on S.B. 304 (please note that some of the committee members who did not vote were absent from the meeting).

Voted FOR S.B. 304

Rep. Jon Eubanks (R – Paris)
Rep. John Walker (D – Little Rock)
Rep. Jim Dotson (R – Bentonville)
Rep. Jana Della Rosa (R – Rogers)
Rep. DeAnn Vaught (R – Horatio)
Rep. LeAnne Burch (D – Monticello)
Rep. Frances Cavenaugh (R – Walnut Ridge)
Rep. Denise Garner (D – Fayetteville)

Voted AGAINST S.B. 304

Rep. Stephen Meeks (R – Greenbrier)
Rep. Mark Lowery (R – Maumelle)
Rep. Dan Sullivan (R – Jonesboro)
Rep. Nelda Speaks (R – Mountain Home)
Rep. Mickey Gates (R – Hot Springs)
Rep. Brian Evans (R – Cabot)

Did Not Vote on S.B. 304

Rep. Gary Deffenbaugh (R – Van Buren)
Rep. Grant Hodges (R – Rogers)
Rep. Rick Beck (R – Center Ridge)
Rep. Fred Allen (D – Little Rock)
Rep. Reginald Murdock (D – Marianna)
Rep. Bruce Cozart (R – Hot Springs)

This was a hard-fought victory, and it would not have been possible without everyone who called, texted, and emailed their legislators about this bad bill. Hats off to everyone who helped defeat S.B. 304 last night!

Also, we’ve reviewed three decades-worth of data from the Arkansas Department of Health and the federal CDC that shows why sex-education programs like S.B. 304’s don’t work. You can read about that in our April update letter.

Updated

Here is how the House Education Committee voted on Rep. Lowery’s good amendment that would have kept abortion providers like Planned Parenthood from teaching sex-education under S.B. 304:

Voted FOR Rep. Lowery’s Good Amendment
Rep. Stephen Meeks (R – Greenbrier)
Rep. Mark Lowery (R – Maumelle)
Rep. Rick Beck (R – Center Ridge)
Rep. Dan Sullivan (R – Jonesboro)
Rep. Nelda Speaks (R – Mountain Home)
Rep. Brian Evans (R – Cabot)

Voted AGAINST Rep. Lowery’s Good Amendment
Rep. Jon Eubanks (R – Paris)
Rep. John Walker (D – Little Rock)
Rep. Jim Dotson (R – Bentonville)
Rep. Jana Della Rosa (R – Rogers)
Rep. LeAnne Burch (D – Monticello)
Rep. Frances Cavenaugh (R – Walnut Ridge)
Rep. Denise Garner (D – Fayetteville)
Rep. Bruce Cozart (R – Hot Springs)

Did Not Vote For or Against the Amendment
Rep. Gary Deffenbaugh (R – Van Buren)
Rep. Grant Hodges (R – Rogers)
Rep. Mickey Gates (R – Hot Springs)
Rep. DeAnn Vaught (R – Horatio)
Rep. Fred Allen (D – Little Rock)
Rep. Reginald Murdock (D – Marianna)

You can read S.B. 304 here.

You can read Rep. Lowery’s amendment to S.B. 304 here.

You can download an official copy of the roll-call vote on Rep. Lowery’s amendment to S.B. 304 here.

Updated: Good and Bad Bills at the Arkansas Legislature

A lot of legislation is in play at the capitol. Here’s a quick look at good bills and bad bills so far this legislation session.

Good Bills Passed

S.B. 448 (Abortion): This good bill by Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R – Branch) and Rep. Sonia Barker (R – Smackover) requires an abortionist to be board-certified or board-eligible OB/GYN. Currently any medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy in Arkansas can perform a chemical or surgical abortion. S.B. 448 will protect women from dangerous abortion practices. The bill also updates Arkansas’ definition of a “viable fetus.” Under current federal case law, states have a lot of leeway to restrict abortion when an unborn child is considered “viable.” Updating this definition will make it easier to pass and enforce pro-life legislation in Arkansas. The bill has passed both chambers of the Arkansas Legislature and will go to the governor to be signed into law. Read The Bill Here.

H.B. 1399 (Pro-Life): This good bill by Rep. Karilyn Brown (R – Sherwood) and Sen. Scott Flippo (R – Bull Shoals) prohibits public funds from being used to clone or kill unborn children for scientific research. The bill has been sent to the governor to be signed into law. Read The Bill Here.

H.B. 1439 (Abortion): This good bill by Rep. Robin Lundstrum (R – Elm Springs) and Sen. Jason Rapert (R – Conway) prohibits abortion in Arkansas after the eighteenth week of pregnancy unless the mother’s life or physical health is in serious jeopardy. The bill has passed the Arkansas Legislature and has been sent to the governor to be signed into law. Read the Bill Here.

H.B. 1413 (Home Schooling): This good bill by Rep. Mark Lowery (R – Maumelle) prevents schools from charging home schooled students extra to take concurrent credit courses for college credit. The bill has passed the Arkansas Legislature and has been sent to the governor to be signed into law. Read The Bill Here.

S.B. 149 (Abortion): This good bill by Sen. Jason Rapert (R – Conway) prohibits abortion in Arkansas if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned. This good bill has been signed into law. Read The Bill Here.

S.B. 156 (Free Speech): This good bill by Sen. Bob Ballinger (R – Berryville) and Rep. Dan Sullivan (R – Jonesboro) prevents public colleges and universities from infringing the free speech of students and faculty on campus. This good bill has been signed into law.  Read The Bill Here.

S.B. 168 (Pro-Life): This good bill by Sen. Cecile Bledsoe (R – Rogers) updates Arkansas’ Safe Haven Act. It lets a woman surrender her newborn to law enforcement personnel, fire department personnel, or medical personnel. Arkansas’ Safe Haven Act protects children from being abandoned, and it provides women with options besides abortion. This good bill has been signed into law.  Read The Bill Here.

S.B. 341 (Abortion): This good bill by Sen. Missy Irvin (R – Mountain View) and Rep. Joe Cloud (R – Russellville) amends Arkansas’ informed-consent law for abortion to ensure women know how to find information about chemical abortion pill reversal. Doctors have demonstrated that chemical abortion drugs can be counteracted if the woman receives treatment quickly. This bill has passed and been signed into law. Read The Bill Here.

S.B. 2 (Abortion): This good bill by Sen. Trent Garner (R – El Dorado) prohibits abortions performed because the baby has Down Syndrome. The bill has passed and gone to the governor to be signed into law. Read The Bill Here.

S.B. 3 (Abortion): This good bill by Sen. Trent Garner (R – El Dorado) requires abortionist to report complications arising from an abortion. Abortion carries a number of risks and consequences, and the reporting required by this bill will help Arkansas craft better pro-life laws in the future. The bill has passed and gone to the governor to be signed into law. Read The Bill Here.

Good Bills Filed

H.B. 1342 (Used Car Tax): This good bill by Rep. John Payton (R – Wilburn) and Sen. Terry Rice (R – Waldron) eliminates the sales tax on used cars sold for less than $7,500. Currently, sales tax is collected on new and used cars sold for $4,000 or more. This bill will provide tax relief to a lot of families who rely on used vehicles. The bill is currently in the Senate Revenue and Tax Committee. Read The Bill Here.

H.B. 1761 (Pro-Life/Bioethics): This good bill by Rep. Cindy Crawford (R – Fort Smith) and Sen. Missy Irvin (R – Mountain View) regulates the buying and selling of human eggs. Arkansas law currently lets companies harvest women’s eggs for profit. Commercial egg harvesting carries a number of risks and is ethically suspect. H.B. 1761 prohibits companies from paying women for their eggs, but contains exceptions for free egg donations and for fertility treatments. The bill is currently in the House Public Health Committee. Read The Bill Here.

H.B. 1453 (Abortion): This good bill by Rep. Clint Penzo (R – Springdale) and Sen. Kim Hammer (R – Benton) requires abortionists to give women information about perinatal hospice. Modern medicine has made it possible to test unborn children for deadly fetal abnormalities, and many children who test positive for these abnormalities are aborted. H.B. 1453 will help women choose options besides abortion in these situations. The bill has passed the Arkansas House of Representatives and is currently before the Senate Public Health Committee. Read The Bill Here.

H.B. 1511 (Home Schooling): This good bill by Rep. Mark Lowery (R – Maumelle) ensures home schooled students and private school students can access the Succeed Scholarship the state offers to students with special needs. Currently, this scholarship is only available for students enrolled in a public school. Read The Bill Here.

S.B. 278 (Abortion): This good bill by Sen. Gary Stubblefield (R – Branch) and Rep. Spencer Hawks (R – Conway) makes several improvements to Arkansas’ abortion laws. The bill is currently before the House of Representatives. Read The Bill Here.

H.B. 1378 (Lottery): This good bill by Rep. Jim Dotson (R – Bentonville) and Sen. Bob Ballinger (R – Berryville) raises the percentage of Arkansas Lottery revenue allocated for college scholarships to 25% by the year 2025. Currently, the Arkansas Lottery spends about 18% of the money it makes on scholarships. Read The Bill Here.

Good Bills Defeated

The following are good bills that have failed to pass so far at the legislature.

H.B. 1289 (Conscience): This good bill by Rep. Brandt Smith (R – Jonesboro) protects the rights of conscience of all healthcare workers and companies. This would prevent people and organizations from being forced to promote, participate in, or pay for medical procedures that violate their conscience. The bill failed to pass in the House Public Health Committee. Read The Bill Here.

S.B. 387 (Lottery): This good bill by Sen. Joyce Elliott (D – Little Rock) and Rep. Jasen Kelly (R – Benton) raises the percentage of Arkansas Lottery revenue allocated for college scholarships to 25% by the year 2025. Currently, the Arkansas Lottery spends about 18% of the money it makes on scholarships. The bill failed to pass in the Senate Education Committee. Read The Bill Here.

Bad Bills Filed

S.B. 492 (Entertainment Districts): This bill by Sen. Trent Garner (R – El Dorado) and Rep. Sonia Barker (R – Smackover) lets cities create “entertainment districts” where open containers of alcohol can be carried and consumed outdoors. Entertainment districts essentially are areas where public intoxication is legal. Under this bill, an entertainment district could be temporary — such as at an event or festival — or it could be permanent. Because of their association with excessive drinking, entertainment districts in other states have raised serious concerns about crime, DUI offenses, and public safety. The bill currently is before the House of Representatives. Read S.B. 492 Here.

S.B. 304 (Sex Education): This bill by Sen. Will Bond (D – Little Rock) and Rep. LeAnne Burch (D – Monticello) makes it possible for Planned Parenthood to worm its way into public schools across Arkansas by teaching “health courses” to 7th – 12th graders that include instruction on preventing pregnancy and sexually-transmitted diseases. We know from experience that these courses are not effective at preventing teen pregnancy and are not good for students. S.B. 304 is currently before the House Education Committee. Read S.B. 304 Here.

H.B. 1912 (Video Lottery Machines): This bill by Rep. Grant Hodges (R – Rogers) and Sen. Breanne Davis (R – Russellville) would legalize video lottery terminals under the Arkansas Lottery. Video lottery machines are more addictive than traditional lottery tickets, and the odds of winning typically are very low. This makes video lottery machines particularly harmful for people with gambling problems and for poor individuals who play the lottery out of desperation. In other states where these games are legal, bars and truck stops have set up miniature casinos by installing video lottery machines in back rooms. Family Council has opposed past efforts to legalize video lottery machines and other casino-style games in Arkansas, and we oppose H.B. 1912 as well. Read H.B. 1912 Here.

Bad Bills Defeated

The following are bad pieces of legislation that have been defeated at the Arkansas Legislature for the time being.

H.B. 1290 (Contraceptives): This bill by Rep. Aaron Pilkington (R – Clarksville) and Sen. Bart Hester (R – Cave Springs) lets pharmacists dispense oral contraceptives to women without a prescription from a doctor. Oral contraceptives carry a number of health risks — which is why women currently need a prescription from a doctor — and they can cause the death of an unborn child by preventing the unborn child from implanting and growing inside the mother’s womb. That’s why Family Council opposes H.B. 1290. The bill has been tabled by the Senate Public Health Committee, which means it probably will not pass this year. Read H.B. 1290 Here.

SJR 18 (Ratifying the Federal Equal Rights Amendment): This proposal by Sen. Joyce Elliott (D – Little Rock) and Rep. Jamie Scott (D – North Little Rock) would make Arkansas the 38th state to ratify the federal Equal Rights Amendment. This amendment to the U.S. Constitution is intended to prevent discrimination on the basis of sex, but the way it is worded could cause it to have a number of unintended consequences. States that have passed similar amendments have been forced to pay for abortions with taxpayer funds, and the Equal Rights Amendment could affect everything from college fraternities and sororities to how men and women are housed in federal prisons. The measure was defeated in the Senate State Agencies Committee. Read SJR 18 Here.

H.B. 1536 (Physician-Assisted Suicide): This bill by Rep. Dan Douglas (R – Bentonville) lets doctors prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives. The bill was defeated in the House Public Health Committee. Read H.B. 1536 Here.

How To Contact Your Legislators

You can leave a message about legislation for your state senator by calling the Arkansas Senate during normal business hours at (501) 682-2902.

You can leave a message about legislation for your state representative by calling the Arkansas House during normal business hours at (501) 682-6211.

This post has been updated to reflect the current status of certain bills and the dates that certain events occurred.