The following comes from a Sept. 26 story in the Imperial Valley Press.
[Ed. Imperial County (where Calexico is located), though heavily Democratic in voting behavior, registered the highest percentage in the state (67%) in favor of Prop 4, which would have required parental notification in a minor’s abortion.]
Supporters and opponents of a memorandum of understanding between Calexico Unified School District and Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest filled the district board room at Thursday evening’s regular board meeting here, expecting to voice their opinions on a matter that quickly caused contention as word of the proposed agreement spread through the community.
Ultimately, the MOU, which would have joined the two entities into an agreement intent on “providing education services aimed at increasing clients’ knowledge of reproductive health and the availability of family planning services,” was pulled from the evening’s agenda, with no board action being taken.
Here is the Memorandum under consideration:
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN CALEXICO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE PACIFIC SOUTHWEST
This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is made and entered into as of 4 by and between Calexico Unified School District (CUSD), located at 901 Andrade Avenue, Calexico, CA 92231 and Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest (PPPSW), located at 223 South Waterman Avenue, Suite B, El Centro, CA 92243.
Purpose of Agreement: The entities named above join in this agreement with the intent of providing education services aimed at increasing clients’ knowledge of reproductive health and the availability of family planning services.
Collaborators’ Statement of Mission: The above-named collaborators share a commitment to providing full access to medically accurate reproductive health education and skill building to aid in responsible decision making and to promote increased access and education of family planning services.
In 2014-2015, under the terms of this MOU, Calexico Unified School District will:
1. Provide access to clients who are interested in reproductive health information and education.
2. Provide a classroom or adequate space for the educational presentations.
3. Provide feedback about the quality of presentations, and if referred, quality of health services
provided to clients.
Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest will:
1. Provide a trained health educator to present 1-hour education sessions on reproductive health
topics to the CUSD Calexico High School Students.
2. Provide health education materials for presentations.
3. Collect demographic information on presentation attendees, such as race/ethnicity and age.
4. Refer clients of PPPSW to CUSD programs, as appropriate.
5. Facilitate contacts with other PPPSW partners who may benefit from CUSD programs and
These tenets are agreed to by the following signatories:
September 8, 2014
To read the original Imperial Valley Press story, click here.