We can reclaim the culture

Maybe it’s just me, but have you noticed how the language of Planned Parenthood types is getting stronger and louder when it comes to promoting premarital sex, contraception and abortion? 

Their most recent battle cry is also among the most alarming. It comes from a new International Planned Parenthood Federation report titled, “Stand and Deliver,” which pushes intensive sex education for children as young as 10. Here’s just one example from the “Who We Are” section of the report:

“IPPF works towards a world where women, men and young people everywhere have control over their own bodies; and therefore their destinies. A world where they are free to choose parenthood or not; free to decide how many children they will have and where; free to pursue healthy sexual lives without fear of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. ... We will not retreat from doing everything we can to safeguard these important choices and rights for current and future generations.” 

The words “we will not retreat” are what really caught my attention. They show a determination to grab hold of kids at younger and younger ages in hopes of convincing them that sexual promiscuity spells freedom when we know the opposite is true. 

Whether it’s reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that, despite the safe-sex concept, sexually transmitted diseases remain at epidemic proportions, or the report from the American Psychological Association a few years go showing a link between objectification of girls and increased cases of depression, eating disorders and attempted suicide, the evidence is clear that sex outside of marriage is not healthy, physically or spiritually. But contraception and abortion translate into big money for Planned Parenthood. If “Stand and Deliver” is any indication, the group is not backing down any time soon. 

So what’s a concerned Catholic — especially a concerned Catholic parent — to do? With help from the right tools, we can take back the culture from the claws of Planned Parenthood. That’s exactly why I collaborated on a series of books titled “All Things Girl” (www.bezalelbooks.com). I wanted to offer a different resource that would provide something faith-filled and fun for children that would also teach them about true dignity and beauty and show them how they deserve so much better than what the over-sexualized mass media were offering them. The books cover such important topics as true dignity, the new feminism, chastity and body image. 

This month the “All Things Girl” series is being featured in a 13-part EWTN TV special airing at 6 p.m. Eastern time on Mondays. Solid Catholic materials that keep a young person’s interest are one way to impact the culture one child at a time. 

This latest move by Planned Parenthood is another stark reminder of the David and Goliath-type battle in which we’re engaged. It can be overwhelming. But there is something else out there on the horizon that we can’t miss — signs of hope. 

Numerous polls over the last few months show more Americans are pro-life. The March for Life in Washington, D.C., drew record numbers, and let’s not forget how utterly ridiculous pro-abortion groups appeared after their verbal attacks on college football star Tim Tebow and his mother for what turned out to be an uplifting Super Bowl advertisement celebrating family. Maybe the reason Planned Parenthood types are coming on so strong is that our efforts, as small as they may seem at times, are really making a difference. 

Teresa Tomeo is the host of Catholic Connection, produced by Ave Maria Radio and heard daily on EWTN Global Catholic Radio and Sirius Channel 160.