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Send Condoms to Republicans, Give Money to Democrats

Planned Parenthood must think that the conventions are just big orgies. They're asking supporters to send condoms to the Republican National Convention along with money, of course, that will go to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Barack Obama's campaign.

Ten dollars will send one condom, $35 sends four, you get the picture. The Democrats will get the money, and they're hoping the Republicans will get the message.

OK, so the condoms aren't meant to be used (but they can . . . even for the most conventional sex), they're meant to serve as a reminder that prevention is a nonpartisan issue. Even if Planned Parenthood relays the message in its usual partisan tone, saying:

They don't get that young people need comprehensive, accurate sex education. They don't get that they don't belong in the exam room letting their politics get in the middle of a woman and her doctor. And they don't get that preventing sexually transmitted diseases starts with one simple item: a condom.

Do you think Republicans will get Planned Parenthood's message? Or are the bright-pink wrappers distracting and the message, um, plastic?

Planned Parenthood isn't the only safe-sex group cropping up at the conventions. To see who we saw last week,


Trojan condoms had a tent supporting their "get it on agenda" and handed out condoms in favor of "evolving." The tent let you test your Sex IQ. Let's say there were lots of folks taking the free rubbers — all in the name of good legislation, I'm sure.

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Kalliefornia Kalliefornia 8 years
I think it is a very creative tactic. And I don't think it is at all about being pro-choice, I think they are trying to make the statement purely about sex education. I think abstinence only education is one of the biggest jokes ever and that MANY stds and pregnancies could be prevented if teachers could actually TEACH about health and sex and answer questions with something besides, "I'm not allowed to answer that." If you need any proof, go to Yahoo Answers, and go into the Health, Women's Health section. There are SO many young girls asking basic questions about periods, sex, "I heard I can't get pregnant my first time?" You just need to look at one page of those questions to realize we NEED better sex/health education.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i don't necessarily think that this is a tactic that's going to make a point - i think that that it's a good and creative idea though. we have to remember that people have held their positions on prevention of pregnancies and the sort for a while - that this would raise money but not swing votes or views.
beautiful-disaster beautiful-disaster 8 years
"By the way, the idea of sex education in schools is weird. I mean, is this curriculum included when you study for your teaching credential? The government is teaching us about sex? Shouldn't it be a private, family matter? Or families that don't want to deal with it can send their kids to a privately taught class, like an SAT prep course or Art Camp, to learn." im sorry Vespa, but i think we've seen that leaving it up to the families isnt always the best idea, and in order to EDUCATE people about stds ans ways to prevent them it should be taught in educaitonal facilities like schools. not everyone would be able or willing to pay for such classes and go to a facility. the government SHOULD care about its citizens, and everyone should know every option possible to them to prevent "unintended" pregnancies and STDs. everyone should know that NOT having sex is obviously the best way to avoid all this, but there are so many young teens out there having sex, without protection because they are taught that condoms dont do anything, and they just hsouldnt have sex. wether or not someone has sx should be their own decision, but if they do decide to do it they should know how to keep themselves safe. here in argentina there are way to many pregnancies in young girls, as young as 11! and our HIV and other STD rates are on the rise. the government NEEDS to educate its people so they make informed decisions.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Agreed. But I think the woman isn't the debate. The baby is.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
They just don't want to think of it. They like to think of some little blob of cells that doesn't move it's arms and legs. From this point on the baby develops rapidly. By 10 weeks it is already somersaulting and sucking it's thumb.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
I'm not going to debate abortion. I was just stating what I believe. Your are yours and I respect them, but I don't want them enforced on me or any other woman. When it comes to abortion, we must agree to disagree.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
GS, how dare you post that picture. Don't you know some people are afraid of information like this?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
This fetus is just eight weeks old. And that is from the date of the last period, so technically about 6 weeks. It is way more than a group of cells.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Murder is a strong word. This is why I don't like to get involved in abortion debates even though I am strongly pro-choice. I believe that a fetus or embryo has the opportunity for life but not the promise of life. Whether or not a child will result from these rapidly reproducing cells is the choice of the woman.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
presumptious should be presumptuous.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Steph, I have never said anything but. Find me one post where I said children shouldn't be given everything they need. You might want to get your mind reading checked out because you have been wrong most of the time with it lately. It is awful presumptious of you to think that everyone who thinks babies have the right to not be murdered believes in not helping them at all. I have written many posts about welfare reform and changing the system to teach people. I think you are just determined to be contrary.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
stephley is right. To be pro-life you must believe that the government should raise your child.
stephley stephley 8 years
To be really accurate, it's not pro-life, it's pro-BIRTH. To be truly pro-life, you support policies that allow the new born infant to be healthy and grow strong in body and mind throughout life. The right to life goes far beyond the delivery room, for everyone.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Bunny, it's not's pro-LIFE. I could care less about what a woman chooses to do to her body as far as tubes tied, tattoos, piercings, etc. But when it KILLS a baby, that's when it isn't a choice. It's murder.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
Rabid- haha well I am sure I exaggerated quite a bit! But, I don't know, my aunt who does the abstinence-only education, when I asked her what her views were of students she's had who do get pregnant, she was basically like, "well those girls weren't listening to what I told them. They got themselves into that position, and now they have to deal with the consequences." So I don't know, not quite slut-shaming...but the tone she had when she said it... Abstinence-only education from anti-choicers just bugs me SO much, I can't believe I have a close family member who has a govt. grant to do it in schools and after school! I get Planned Parenthood's frustration with the GOP, because I really would someday love to work on a bipartisan program that had pregnancy prevention (not abs. only!) and that helped out new mothers. Some Planned Parenthoods are starting to have adoption offices in them, and I think that's great. I think women should be given every choice, and that the parties should work together instead of worrying about giving an inch.
chancleta chancleta 8 years
Nonpartisan? So the money goes to Obama? :oy: That makes sense.
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
Quoting: "Like, if teens choose to have sex before marriage, they need to suffer the consequences, or they will learn that bad behavior can be awarded. So, an unwanted baby or std is like a punishment." ********************* ...they really feel that way? They would do that to their own kid?? Its so hateful! Good grief, so much for the "sanctity" of life, and by that I mean the daughter!! When did we decide the best way to teach a "lesson" was to force her to go through giving birth to a child that may not even be wanted? Its mental! Its cruel, its just madness. I am sorry but its flippin' madness to bring a child into this world for any other reason than you are ready, willing, prepared, and desiring of motherhood. And if you are not, then you should, by god, have the right to choose between going ahead with it, or not, not forced to bring a being into the world like some biological equivalent of after-school detention! "What will you name him?" "Toldyouso", cause that is what my parents keep saying." I want a BOGGLE smiley. I want an INDIGNANT, BOGGLE smiley. NOW! /roar
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
foxie- oooh good point, my comments shouldn't speak for Republicans as a whole, but for the (social) conservatives in the party. I think the conservative voice though IS part of why McCain votes down any bills to do with sex education and pregnancy prevention (unless its for the foolproof abstinence method). My aunt actually has a grant from the govt. as a social worker to promote abstinence-only sex education at Boys and Girls club programs she runs. It's such rubbish, but she's thrilled since she's a Catholic, and very very conservative. Anyway, I disagree that people won't use them, why wouldn't they? People use normal I don't get why they wouldn't use these...I guess the pollution from normal condom wrappers would bug you too though. geebers- Interesting point about the funding. I am sure PP doesn't want to divert money from its actual income and donations it gets to a political candidate, so I feel that this way, they are doing something "extra" and that's why it works for them.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Sex after marriage isn't a norml thing. Having been married 14 years, I've found that that becomes a thing of the past (well, maybe not for me). ;)
foxie foxie 8 years
Call the pollution police, because I doubt many will be using these condoms meant to insult. These will just end up as extra trash... way to go, Planned Parenthood. BTW, sex-after-marriage is not a Republican value. I'd bet not very many Republicans wait until marriage themselves. However you feel about Republican's ACTUAL views on sex, let's not spin the truth.
kikidawn kikidawn 8 years
:rotfl: this got funny
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"big surprise, I love the witch!" Steph, are you trying to tell us something? ;)
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
I do my best. :cheer:
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Seriously. Talk about bendable.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
No. I can't do yoga. If I tried that, I would fall off the couch.
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