The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) just announced that it wants all pediatricians to take on the role—which rightly belongs to parents—of sex educator. Whose view of sex will they teach?
The American Academy of Pediatrics has just published a report, “Sexuality Education for Children and Adolescents,” which asserts that pediatricians need to teach their young patients about sex. In their words,
Pediatricians are in an excellent position to provide and support longitudinal sexuality education to all children, adolescents, and young adults…as part of preventive health care… When sexuality is discussed routinely and openly during well-child visits for all children and adolescents in the pediatrician’s office, conversations are easier to initiate, more comfortable to continue, and more effective and informative for all participants. Pediatricians and other primary care clinicians can explore the expectations of parents for their child’s sexual development while providing general, factual information about sexuality and can monitor adolescent use of guidance and resources offered over time.
Note the difference between “explore” (related to the parents’ views) and the “facts” (which are what the pediatrician is going to teach, whether they line up with the parents’ “expectations” or not).
One of the “facts” that the AAP wants to have taught is that abstinence should not be taught, whatever the parents might think. “We know that abstinence is 100% effective at preventing pregnancy and STIs; however, research has conclusively demonstrated that programs promoting abstinence-only until heterosexual marriage occurs are ineffective.”
That is not the only “fact.” As you might suspect, the AAP follows the secular agenda in declaring that any and every sexual orientation and activity is to be affirmed.
“Sexuality education is defined as teaching about human sexuality, including intimate relationships, human sexual anatomy, sexual reproduction, sexually transmitted infections, sexual activity, sexual orientation, gender identity, abstinence, contraception, and reproductive rights and responsibilities.”
The parents’ affirmation of the Judeo-Christian understanding of sexuality defined only in terms of its goal in heterosexual monogamy is thereby dismissed. Instead, your pediatrician will be teaching about what gender or sexual orientation your child might chose, how abstinence isn’t as effective as contraception, and how one goes about procuring an abortion.
This is especially important in light of the suggestion—well, it’s more like a strategy than a suggestion—that pediatricians send the parents out of the room and talk to the teens alone. To quote from the report,
“The dynamics of the sexuality education conversation can then change as the child becomes a young adolescent by asking the parent or caregiver to leave the room after the initial introductions and history taking has occurred with the parent in the room. ….The AAP policy statement on providing care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth, as well as other resources, offer suggestions on how to incorporate important conversations about sexual and gender identity in the health supervision visit…During these discussions, pediatricians also can address homosexual or bisexual experiences or orientation, including topics related to gender identity.”
Parents will be ushered out of the room, so that your pediatrician can act in loco parentis. Of course, if your child goes to public school, your job as primary teacher about morality has likely already been coopted. The AAP wants to make this complete.
Several things must be said about the AAP’s report. First, grassroots rebellion against the AAP’s intentions has already begun, and those interested can sign a petition asking the AAP to withdraw or revise its report.
Second, we must understand the strategy of this AAP report, one that has been used, again and again: the “top-down” revolutionary approach.
Notice that this report is from a very few individuals on committees. The “authors” are listed as Cora C. Breuner, Gerri Mattson, Committee on Adolescence, Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health.
In other words, a few people at the top mandate the entire position of the AAP, and use that position at the top to commandeer the entire body of pediatricians belonging to the AAP, and even those who don’t, to support their views.
Secular progressives use this tactic all the time. That’s why they love the concentration of power at the top, be it in the President, the Supreme Court, or a professional association.
It’s very effective. You don’t have to convince pediatricians to teach secular sex education, and certainly not their parents. You just issue an official committee report, which magically takes on the authority of a professional mandate binding all pediatricians.
This tactic is especially pernicious for those in the association who disagree, because such associations often carry licensing clout. Do other than what is mandated by the AAP report, and risk losing your license to practice.
The American Academy of Pediatrics affirms the APA’s mandate, thereby putting the association’s clout behind the pro-sexual revolution agenda. Of course, that affirmation defines what pediatricians must teach about sexuality when they follow the AAP’s report, “Sexuality Education for Children and Adolescents.”
And what they want your pediatrician to teach when he or she ushers you out the door for a private conference with your child.