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Michigan GOPer: Planned Parenthood teaches sex ed so they can drum up more abortion business

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A Republican lawmaker from Michigan said that Planned Parenthood only wants to teach sex education to teenagers so that they can keep themselves in the abortion business.

According to Electablog.com, Michigan state Rep. Tom Hooker believes that the health the reproductive health organization is telling kids to indulge in sexual behaviors that will generate more unwanted pregnancies to terminate.

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Hooker told MLive.com: “There’s a perverse incentive for an organization like Planned Parenthood to get into the sex education business.”

“It’s a conflict in that they give out or sell condoms, they offer pregnancy tests and (sexually-transmitted disease) testing and, obviously, if they’re pregnant they then would offer an abortion,” he said.

“It just seems like an awfully comfortable arrangement for Planned Parenthood to teach sex education.”

Hooker is one of the many Republicans who have fallen for the hoax videos put out by anti-choice extremist group the Center for Medical Progress. The heavily-edited videos falsely allege that Planned Parenthood directly profits from the sale of fetal tissue.

He and other Michigan House Republicans proposed legislation have introduced a bill designed to block Planned Parenthood or any other organization “that provides abortion or abortion counseling” from offering sex ed in public schools.

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Planned Parenthood offers clients and students comprehensive sex ed about a number of options for contraception and family planning, as well as advice on sexual health and safety.

Hooker — a former high school teacher — particularly objects to classes teaching teens how to properly put on a condom in which cucumbers or bananas are used to demonstrate the proper technique for unrolling them.

“It’s illegal to hand out condoms to young people as they exit the class, but what they’re doing is they’re handing out the condoms in class, they’re practicing on a cucumber or something similar, familiarizing themselves with the use and then Planned Parenthood conveniently tells them they can get the devices at Planned Parenthood clinics and how easy it is to get them without the knowledge of parents,” Hooker complained.

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“The only dealing that I did with birth control devices (when I was a teacher) was I gave the students the failure rates of all of them. The failure rate obviously tells you there is not safe sex except saved sex. To avoid sex is the only guarantee that you’re not going to get pregnant,” he went on.

Electablog noted, “He seems pathetically unaware that the failure rate of condoms is higher when the people using them aren’t given proper instruction on how to do so. And that, if you want to prevent unplanned and unwanted pregnancies — and, therefore, abortions — encouraging contraceptive use should be at the top of your list.”

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Writing in the Washington Post this Thursday, columnist Jennifer Rubin says that Senate Republicans are in serious trouble, especially in light of the stimulus bill they rolled out this week.

According to Rubin, the Senate GOP is in dire straits because "they have allowed the anti-government, anti-science Trump sycophants to disclaim any interest in the bill, thereby handing the reins to Democrats."

Rubin writes that some Republicans saying they want to see essential workers being taken care of in the bill are speaking up too late. "If only they they had some power in February to remove the unfit and corrupt president from office, instead of leaving him there to purge witnesses from his administration, seek vengeance on foes, force out inspectors general and botch the response to the coronavirus," Rubin writes.

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Facebook removes network of fake accounts that posed as Trump supporters

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Facebook said Thursday it took down accounts running a deceptive campaign out of Romania pretending to be Americans supporting US President Donald Trump ahead of the coming election.

The leading online social network removed 35 Facebook accounts, three pages, and 88 Instagram accounts as part of an ongoing fight against "coordinated inauthentic behavior," according to security policy head Nathaniel Gleicher.

"The people behind this network used fake accounts to pose as Americans, amplify and comment on their own content, and manage pages including some posing as President Trump fan pages," Gleicher said.

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Brace yourself for months of lawlessness — ‘Election Night’ likely will not end until 2021

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There’s nothing wrong with treating American politics like a sport as long as everyone involved in the competition is playing the same sport by the same rules. There’s nothing wrong as long as both sides agree the rules are legitimate, both commit to obeying them and both accept the consequences when they break them.

This article was originally published at The Editorial Board

But there is a problem with treating American politics like a sport when one side is playing soccer and the other is playing football while neither can agree to the rules, because one side won’t commit to obeying them. There is something wrong when one side not only refuses to accept the consequences of rule-breaking but sets out to undermine the idea of rules altogether. In that case, treating politics like a sport, as the Washington press corps habitually does, isn’t helpful. It’s harmful. Even dangerous.

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