Planned Parenthood finds it “despicable” that a Wisconsin high school would hang a poster encouraging students to protect a woman’s “character” on prom night.
The poster showed the image of a young lady in prom dress, which read “A Night To Protect Her Character.” The image contained character attributes including ‘charming’, ‘fearless’, ‘honest’, ‘loyal’, ‘independent’, and ‘thoughtful.’
The posters were provided by the Crossing of Manitowoc County, a non-profit, Christian-based pregnancy services and counseling organization, and Holy Family Memorial, a regional Catholic healthcare provider network.
The school district noted in a statement that the posters were not in violation of the school’s policies and one of “several merely intending to promote a positive prom experience. No particular religious standard or expectation was being promoted.”
Planned Parenthood, which is the largest abortion provider in America, tweeted out the following after learning of the poster:
Planned Parenthood’s advice instead was this:
One of the students, Kelsey Schindl, a senior at Lincoln High School, took offense to the “protect her character” prom night posters.
“It’s basically just saying your character depends on whether or not you have sex,” she told Mashable. “And if you have sex, you won’t have any character.”
She went to the principal’s office and demanded their removal. As an alternative, she wanted to put her own poster with a message of “acceptance.” The principal informed her that they would not be removed.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation then stepped in, sending a threatening letter to the district. Sam Grow, an attorney with the Foundation, told local ABC affiliate WBAY that the thinking promoted by the poster is “backwards.” He added: “There is no reason to be filling young women’s heads with that garbage.”
The Crossing of Manitowoc County stood by the message in a statement: “[W]e are very concerned with promoting healthy relationships among young people. Prom time seems to present particular risks for teens. Our poster and outreach programs are intended to raise awareness of some of the potential risky behaviors often attached to prom night. We hope that these posters will remind and encourage teens to embrace healthy responsible behaviors so that prom will be a “night to remember not a night to regret.”
Holy Family Memorial also stood firm: “This poster was one part in a series of timely social messages reinforcing the importance of values such as confidence, honesty and determination. We firmly support the message of promoting healthy and responsible behavior among the youth of our community.”
Because of the controversy, the school district ultimately decided to remove the posters, stating: “[T]he school hopes that the focus of prom can return to what should be a positive social experience for our students.”
A poll conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy found that two-thirds of teenagers who had sexual intercourse wished they had waited.
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