5 December 2002
A dispatch from Bizarro World
I admit up front that the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade is not marked on my calendar as a Day to Celebrate. Of course, I'm not Planned Parenthood. They, however, are going all out to commemorate the event.
Well, maybe not all out. I don't see any parades scheduled. But there is an art competition, in which they will select an "original piece of artwork or poster that celebrates these 30 years of choice and illustrates the concept that 'Behind Every Choice is a Story'."
Okay, fine. Until you read the Terms and Conditions, which contains this innocent-looking notice:
Children under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian's permission* to submit their designs and for us to publish it along with their name.
The asterisk points you to a Parental Permission Form.
Now it strikes me it certainly strikes Rosemary Esmay that Planned Parenthood gets their BVDs knotted every time someone suggests that children under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian's permission to have an abortion. "Oh, yes, vacuum out your uterus any time you like. Just don't get us in trouble with the Contest Police."
What's wrong with this picture?