The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

20 March 2006

Featuring the stylings of Run-D&E

Well, this seems innocuous enough:

You can win an iPod!

Come in for an appointment at any of our 8 health centers before April 30th and enter to win an iPod.

This is a current promotion by Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, and it got Dawn Eden wondering what sort of tunage might be appropriate.

The Curt Jester has now revealed the complete playlist, and it's extensive: "every sound but ultrasounds!"

Remember: offer expires on the 30th of April, and they're serious about expiration.

Posted at 8:30 AM to Life and/or Death

Ha ha. By the way, check out the list of services that Planned Parenthood provides other than ending pregnancies, like helping to prevent unwanted ones, full STD testing, annual gynecological exams, and even vasectomies and Depo Provera ("chemical castration").

Those sound like good ideas for some people, unless of course we just want to punish women for having Teh Sex. Oh, wait....

Posted by: Matt at 10:14 AM on 20 March 2006

Expires on Walpurgisnacht, eh? More than coincidence?

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 4:43 PM on 20 March 2006

"Health Centers"? "Services"? "Ending" pregnancies?

I'll have inapt euphemisms for $400 (which will surely be enough to pay for the D & E), Alex.

Posted by: John Salmon at 8:14 PM on 20 March 2006
By the way, check out the list of services that Planned Parenthood provides other than ending pregnancies

Yeah, if it wasn't for Planned Parenthood women would be left to die in gutters of bladder infections, because lord knows doctors who don't do abortions won't treat women for anything else either, because they might get icky female stuff on their stethoscopes. Everyone knows that! ::boggle::

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 8:47 PM on 20 March 2006

And, well, if you think of pregnancy as punishment, you're probably going to be suboptimal as a parent anyway — but let's not go there.

Posted by: CGHill at 7:12 AM on 21 March 2006

The forced-childbirth movement is all about punishing the women for having sex, as demonstrated here, including a convenient chart that I can't display here because you don't take "img" tags (understandable, but a pity). A snippet:

The leaders of the abortion criminalization movement have consistently put their political weight behind policies which make little or no sense if they genuinely think that abortion is identical to child murder. And those same leaders routinely endorse policies that make a lot of sense if their goal is to penalize women who have sex. And they've done so with the apparent backing and blessing of the vast majority of the rank and file.

Planned Parenthood's entire reason to exist, as stated in the name, is to help women and men control when they become parents. To oppose that is indistinguishable from saying that people should have no control over pregnancies, because that's what those women deserve for having sex.

PP does not want more abortions - they want fewer unwanted pregnancies, as should everyone. Find me a single quote from Planned Parenthood decrying the decline in abortions in this country over the past 15 years, other than any related to declines in areas like Mississippi and South Dakota where they are not realistically available to anyone without a lot of money, and you'll have a point. Otherwise you're just saying that women's reproductive health is only a valid concern if she wants to have a baby every time she has sex.

To oppose planned parenthood (lowercase) is to support unplanned parenthood. If that's what you want, hey, it's a free country - but most of us, as in more than two-thirds, think you're wrong.

Posted by: Matt at 3:26 PM on 21 March 2006

And while I'm at it, I should look for quotes from the Mafia decrying the high cost of ammunition, right?

Abortion is PP's cash cow. First rule of business: you do not mess with the cash flow.

And "reproductive health" is one of those phrases, like "speaking truth to power," which means nothing but sounds like it matches a talking point. Probably why they're so popular.

(This replaces an earlier, intemperate outburst.)

Posted by: CGHill at 4:26 PM on 21 March 2006

PP provides free or low-cost abortions or counseling to people who can't afford it otherwise. That's why they solicit donations. It's only a "cash cow" in the same sense that needles are a "cash cow" for HIV-prevention groups.

You're probably thinking of the Red Cross selling blood. Common mistake.

And while I don't (and never) mean to provoke you into intemperance, of course "reproductive health" means something, just like "urinary health" or "digestive health" or the health of any other body subsystem. Maybe "health" is not as good as "care," but it's clearly not a content-free phrase. And I happen to believe that women should have the right and ability to health care for their reproductive parts even if they are not and don't want to be pregnant. So does Planned Parenthood.

And maybe they wouldn't need to entice women into appointments for such care if there weren't people, like the ones to whom you approvingly link, picketing outside their clinics attempting to intimidate anyone who tries to enter.

Posted by: Matt at 12:19 AM on 22 March 2006
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