FRONT ROYAL, Virginia — Following is a statement from Father Shenan J. Boquet, president of Human Life International, in reference to yesterday’s announcement that the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that children begin to use long-acting reversible contraceptives.
“With today’s announcement that the American Academy of Pediatrics has endorsed for children the use of dangerous hormonal drugs that encourage risky sexual behavior, we see the latest evidence that radical sexual ideology has infected the formerly esteemed medical establishment in this nation. This academy just told the young daughters of the United States that it safe to engage in risky sexual behavior and that they should take drugs that in no way improve their health, but indeed put them at risk for myriad, serious side effects.
“How else can one explain such a reckless statement from the AAP, which contains only a cursory acknowledgment of the safest and most ethical behavior for adolescents, which is abstinence? Not one of the doctors in this academy can look you in the eye and tell you that a young girl who engages in risky sexual activity while using these hormonal drugs is likely to have better health outcomes than a girl who abstains from sexual activity and avoids these drugs. Not one of them. Yet they are recommending that girls and their parents take the more dangerous and destructive road; and this from ‘health authorities’ with an obligation to protect the health and well-being of children.
“Not only this, but the widely reprinted article from the ‘Health Day’ website uses only Planned Parenthood sources without mentioning the financial stake that Planned Parenthood has in this matter, which is to get policymakers to strengthen the contraceptive mandate and force these dangerous long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods to be provided free-of-charge. In the article, Planned Parenthood is treated as a disinterested authority, and two doctors with ties to Planned Parenthood (one who is a medical director for Planned Parenthood in Missouri but not identified as such, the other is a representative of the Guttmacher Institute, which was founded by Planned Parenthood and continues to support its agenda with slanted research) are also presented as objective voices of authority. At the same time, the large minority of pediatricians who have serious concerns about the safety of these methods – nearly 10,000 doctors – are brushed off with a ridiculous sleight of hand on the part of the reporter.
“This is a Planned Parenthood press release. It is only about money – specifically, it is a formerly reputable medical academy shilling for the profiteers of the contraceptive industry – for Planned Parenthood and for the pharmaceutical companies who profit when girls give themselves over for sex before they’re ready and married.
“Promotion of this reckless behavior for children not simply imprudent, it is evil. Parents need to wake up, and now. This ideology is corrupting our schools and every institution that used to stand for the protection of children. Parents must in the clearest terms demand that this propaganda not drive public policy at the local or national level, lest your girls be treated like animals who cannot be trusted to make good decisions about their sexuality and their health. Do what you must to protect your daughters’ innocence and purity, and don’t be browbeaten by the profiteers of the destruction of young women’s health.
“And, finally, I implore my brother priests and our faithful shepherds to preach about the evils of contraception, especially when these dangerous drugs are presented by medical authorities as essential to the health of young women. Nothing could be further from the truth, whether we’re talking about their physical health, or their spiritual health. As pastors, we have an obligation to tell the truth with love.”
About HLI: Human Life International: For the Glory of God and defense of Life, Faith and Family. Founded in 1981, HLI is the world’s largest international pro-life and pro-family organization with affiliates and associates in over 100 countries on six continents. www.hli.org