Father objects to sex ed by Planned Parenthood in Salem school

Father objects to sex ed by Planned Parenthood in Salem school

SALEM, Ore. – A parent in the Salem-Keizer school district has filed an objection with the district that has put a sex education program in jeopardy.

Douglas Muravez says the group, Planned Parenthood, which is teaching those sex education classes, shouldn't be teaching his children.

Marion County is among the top five counties statewide in teen pregnancy rates, and for the past two years Salem-Keizer High School students have had access to sex education classes proven to cut down on teen pregnancies.

"The curriculum itself is great because it does teach positive decisions that help kids make better decisions, which would help with our teen pregnancy issues that we have in this community," Jay Remy, spokesman for Salem-Keizer Public Schools, said.

A $4 million grant distributed through Planned Parenthood pays for the program that is taught by Planned Parenthood workers.

But Muravez, the father of two students at North Salem High School, wrote to the district last November, complaining specifically that Planned Parenthood workers were teaching those classes to his children there.

In his letter, Muravez noted his family is Catholic. He writes, "Planned Parenthood works against all of the values my wife and I are trying to instill in our children, and undermines our parental authority."

Liz Delapoer, with Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette said, "I do know that Planned Parenthood has long been a trusted provider of sex education not only in Salem, but throughout Oregon, and we are still working closely with the Salem-Keizer School District on plans for the fall."

Salem-Keizer schools are searching for a way to address one parent's concerns without losing money that pays for the program.

"If we can find some other way to deliver that instruction, then hopefully the grant goes on and the curriculum goes on. It's just taught by somebody else," Remy said.

The family that filed complaint declined to talk to KATU News Monday. The district still hopes to work things out before classes start in the fall.