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PLANNED PARENTHOOD JOINS PARENTS IN LANDMARK SUIT TO BLOCK "ABSTINENCE ONLY" SEX ED IN FLORIDA SCHOOL DISTRICT

 PLANNED PARENTHOOD JOINS PARENTS IN LANDMARK SUIT TO
 BLOCK "ABSTINENCE ONLY" SEX ED IN FLORIDA SCHOOL DISTRICT
 JACKSONVILLE, Fla., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Planned Parenthood of Northeastern Florida took the local Duval County school board to court today, seeking to block Jacksonville area schools from using an "abstinence-only" curriculum in teaching sexuality education. A group of parents and children joined Planned Parenthood in the legal challenge.
 The complaint charges the curriculum package, developed by Teen Aid, Inc., in Spokane, Wash., and promoted by the religious right, is inaccurate, incomplete, biased and sectarian -- thereby violating the Florida constitution and state law. Titled "Me, My World, My Future," the curriculum package is sold nationwide and was adopted by the Duval County school board in 1990.
 Jacksonville Planned Parenthood Executive Director Linda Lanier called the Teen Aid curriculum "irresponsible and dangerous." The course distorts vital facts about HIV infection, fetal development, abortion, and child abuse, while remaining completely silent on basic issues such as contraception, Lanier charged.
 "We will not have the health and safety of our children sacrificed on the altar of someone else's political or religious agenda," said Lanier. "A curriculum based on fear and shame has no place in our schools."
 Planned Parenthood Federation of America attorney Carole Chervin told a news conference on the Duval County court house steps that the lawsuit sought an injunction to prohibit further use of "Me, My World, My Future" and to require the board to fulfill its legal obligation to provide comprehensive and age-appropriate sexuality education in grades K-12.
 "The children of Duval County today are victims of a grossly distorted sexuality education curriculum that relegates truth to the status of an extracurricular activity in Jacksonville schools," said Chervin. "We are confident that the court will defend those children from being crippled by Teen Aid's curriculum of ignorance."
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 /CONTACT: Roberta Synal of Planned Parenthood, 212-261-4660/ CO: Planned Parenthood of Northeast Florida Inc. ST: Florida IN: SU:


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