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Planned Parenthood distributes condoms, gift cards to girls, 14-18

Planned Parenthood of the greater Orlando, Fla.,-area is receiving federal grant money to promote the Health and Human Services (HHS) SIHLE program that teaches safe-sex practices to girls ages 14 to 18.

Members of Planned Parenthood hold a "Stand Up for Women's Health" rally in support of preventive health care and family planning services, including abortion, in Washington April 7, 2011. Joshua Roberts / Reuters

Members of Planned Parenthood hold a “Stand Up for Women’s Health” rally in support of preventive health care and family planning services, including abortion, in Washington April 7, 2011. Joshua Roberts / Reuters

The HHS Office of Adolescent Health initiative targets “sexually experienced African American adolescent girls,” who claim to have engaged in sex within the past six months. The program lures girls in by offering free condoms, gift cards, a free birth control consultation at Planned Parenthood, gift bags, sunglasses, food, candy and a weekly drawing for a free hairstyle at a local salon.

Planned Parenthood of Orlando received a taxpayer-funded SIHLE grant from the HHS to encourage girls who live in the following zip codes to participate in the program: 32808, 32811, 32818, 32835, 32839. The classes on safe-sex practices and condom use are held two Saturdays a month for a total of four classes. Upon graduation, the girls are again enrolled in a monthly drawing for a free hairstyle, and they receive a $20 to $25 gift card. The SIHLE program also provides free transportation services for participants who attend the course.

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