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Monday, August 15, 2005

Double Standard: There's the Left, and Then There's the Rest of Us

UPDATE: Links fixed... Sorry, about that.

Over the past week, I have debated with myself over whether or not I should use my blog to alert people regarding Planned Parenthood’s latest exploits. Finally, I came to the conclusion that this is what blogs are for… Prepare to be informed.

WARNING: The following content, while not particularly explicit, does contain information not suitable for younger children.

Early last week, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (PPGG) posted an eight-minute cartoon entitled “A Superhero for Choice”. The cartoon features Dianysus, PPGG’s CEO-turned-superhero Dian Harrison, who begins the short as a mild-mannered African-American woman in a blue suit rejoicing over the headline “Planned Parenthood Says: Safe is Sexy!” that just happens to adorn a sidewalk newsstand.

Soliloquizing for a moment, Dian speaks of food preferences, sport team loyalties, obeying the law, and presumably, sexual practices and abortion, in the same breath. Transforming into Dianysus (a play on the Greek god, Dionysus, the god of wine and debauchery). Complete with red suit, condom-shaped jet pack, and a mask that reminds one of devil horns, she then flies off to “fight for choice.”

Her first stop is in a back alley, where a short and square man in a purple suit and a high hat (somewhat reminiscent of a Snidely Whiplash/Boris Badenov-type character) preaches abstinence to a group of teens (an Asian female, and two males, Hispanic and African-America). Defending themselves with lines they’ve learned from the Planned Parenthood instructor who visited their high school, the teens explain that there are lots of ways to practice safe sex, like condoms and contraceptives. When warned of STDs, the girl replies, “Yeah, but I don’t plan to get any sexually-transmitted diseases.” Of course, as we all know, if you don’t plan on something, it won’t happen.

However, before anything else can happen, Dianysus appears on the scene and demands to know what’s going on. The man in the purple suit replies that he is informing the kids about the truth, to which Dianysus responds, “The only truth here is that you’re ugly, and your mama dresses you funny.” She then proceeds to fill an empty trashcan with Aqua Slide (I assume this is in reference to ‘Astroglide’, Planned Parenthood’s lubricant for teens engaging in pre-marital sexual activity), tosses the abstinence advocate in it and clamps on the lid. After burbling for a while, the man is silent.

I find it interesting that even in a cartoon bashing abstinence advocates and portraying them as slimy, misinformed, rude, and old-fashioned, the teens still need Dianysus to intervene. What’s even more interesting is that when she comes, she presents nothing in the form of argumentation (unless, of course, insults and violence are considered as arguments). Even when Planned Parenthood writes the script, the abstinence advocates are still more convincing. They just don’t drown you in a tub of lube.

Having deposed the enemy of Planned Parenthood’s propaganda, Dianysus makes sure the kids know where to go for all their health care needs and reproductive advice (I don’t believe their parents were an option). The kids respond, “Planned Parenthood Golden Gate.” Why? “Because,” they say in unison, “we have a choice!” Triumphant, Dianysus tosses the kids a ‘safe sex kit’ to remember her by, before taking to the skies once again.

Dianysus’s second stop takes her to a Planned Parenthood facility surrounded by greenish-blue, zombie-like, pro-life demonstrators who are chanting, grunting, moaning, and carrying “Christian” signs, unlike any I’ve ever seen, that say, “Pray for Thy Sins.” Taking the time to speak to her viewers for a moment, Dianysus explains that such demonstrators are allowed to express their views under the first amendment, but that sometimes they can get unruly and come a little too close. She then wishes out loud that they would just disappear, which gives her an idea. Taking a condom gun, she shoots at the protesters, who are subsequently enveloped by condoms. The condoms slowly expand before exploding in fire and smoke, leaving no trace of the demonstrators. “That’s more like it,” exclaims Dianysus. “Now everyone that needs low-cost and confidential health care may enter freely, without intimidation or violence, and acquire information about reproductive issues, and obtain professional health services that each of us deserve, be they women, men, or teens.” I guess that Planned Parenthood doesn’t categorize blowing up peaceful pro-life demonstrators as violence.

Moving from San Francisco to our nation’s capitol, a helicopter flies across the screen and drops a large pink condom over the Washington Memorial with our national anthem playing in the backround. We then see a pro-life senator stirring a green, bubbling stew in a large iron pot. He tosses in several stacks of papers: “Bill of Rights,” “The Constitution,” “First Amendment,” and “Civil Rights.” The screen then cuts to an odd depiction of the scales of justice, which tip to the side of “ignorance,” as opposed to “choice.”

When confronted by Dianysus, the white, southern senator explains that the laws of the United States do not apply to him. After engaging in a “do not-do too-do not” type argument, the senator tosses Roe. v. Wade into the stew. That gives Dioaysis an idea; she picks up the senator and submerges him in the boiling liquid, holding him there for several moments. When she pulls him out he is kneeling on a platter, naked, with an apple in his mouth, like a roasted pig. When asked how he feels now, he replies, “Great! I feel cleansed! I no longer have the stench of misinformed conservatism. I want all women everywhere to have the ability to choose what they do with their bodies.”

“That’s more like it” says Dianysus, who then proceeds to inform him that money spent now on family planning will save billions of dollars in future social expenditures. His eyes light up with flashing dollar signs. A newspaper is then shown that reads “Planned Parenthood Wins Again,” and the scales of justice tip to the side of “choice” as the hallelujah chorus plays. I found this section particularly chilling. Kill children now, so you won’t have to take care of them later. Great plan.

Having finished her “political” work, Dianysus is off to Ethiopia to check up on Planned Parenthood Golden Gate’s local reproductive health agents. Landing in front of a small grass hut in a small village, she addresses a female doctor standing with a couple and their young child. The doctor fills her in on Planned Parenthood’s mission statement: Terminating unintended pregnancies, preventing women from having children for anything other than the “right” reasons, and making sure unwanted children never see the light of day.

Just then, Dianysus remembers that she has a meeting with Dr. Jerry Falwell. “That schmuck,” she says. After filling her bio-diesel jetpack with coffee bags grown on trees (which carry the label “Morebucks” and possess logo very similar to that of Starbucks), Dianysus flies through a rainbow and into the sky. She speaks to her pre-teen and teenage viewers as she goes, telling them that she hopes they learned a little something.

“Planned Parenthood welcomes everyone, regardless of race, creed, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age or income. After all, we’ve been around for 89 years. We must be doing something right!” This closing statement is a perfect example of the incongruous “logic” used throughout the film. The Ku Klux Klan has been around for even longer, so they must be doing something even more right. For that matter, Christianity has been around for nearly 2,000 years. I’d be interested to see if Planned Parenthood lasts that long. The truth is, Planned Parenthood has been around since Margaret Sanger and her fellow eugenics advocates founded it in the early 1900s.

With this we come to the credits, which have their own interesting moments. They begin with the words, “You too can be a superhero for choice!” spray-painted on a brick wall. I can only suppose that means that anyone can drown people, blow them up, and commit other acts of violence in order to promote Planned Parenthood’s agenda.

The credits feature a condom that stretches across the screen to display the names of different contributors. At one point, the condom comes across and decapitates a pro-life demonstrator, whose body slowly slumps out of the screen (see frame-by-frame images here).

The best part is that our taxes paid for this. Planned Parenthood Golden Gate’s annual report shows that 53 percent of its revenue comes from “government fees and contracts.” Even giving them the benefit of the doubt (i.e. that all of that money was put directly into services), it stills frees them up to use donor money to make “educational cartoons” like this one.

The most amazing aspect about this whole thing, in my mind, is the incredible double standard displayed by both Planned Parenthood and the national news media. While pro-life activists are often accused of violence and bigotry, pro-abortion activists are applauded for similar actions when done in the name of choice (see, at your own risk, AbortionViolence.com). Imagine, for just a moment, what would happen if a conservative group, like National Right to Life, or the Family Research Council, were to release a cartoon depicting pro-choice advocates being drowned, blown up, or decapitated. There. Would. Be. Uproar.

Planned Parenthood (not to mention the ACLU and the liberal media) would come after us with everything they had. It would be on the front page of every major newspaper across the country, featured on the nightly news, and discussed on all the talk radio stations. However, Planned Parenthood does the same thing, and what happens? No one ever hears of it.

But it doesn’t have to be that way this time, and you can help. Dawn Eden (who deserves incredibly mad props for her amazing work) at ‘The Dawn Patrol’ has, over the past week, fired up the pro-life blog community and put the heat on Planned Parenthood. Through her efforts the story has been covered by several smaller, online news outlets and referenced on multiple talk radio shows, including Michael Savage. She is already heading up a grassroots effort to blow this cartoon up in Planned Parenthood’s face (find out more about Project Max).

We have to move fast. Planned Parenthood will waste no time in covering its tracks if they fear that the cartoon will receive national attention. Already, they have removed the link of the animation from PPGG’s main page. Several bloggers, at risk of a lawsuit, are hosting the film on their own servers to keep it accessible to the public:

Planned Parenthood Golden Gate’s Hidden Direct Link: Quicktime (streaming)
SaintKansas: Windows Media (3 MB, zipped, small)
CSNews: Windows Media (with disclaimer)
ArrMatey at Court Zero: Windows Media (direct link)
Joel Helbling: Window Media (streaming)
Catscape: Windows Media (zipped)
Shoutlast.com: Multiple Video Formats (.mp4 [90 MB], .zip, .wmv)
Shoutlast.com: Carton Transcripts (.txt, .rtf, .hqx)

Again… Go here and do what you can to hold Planned Parenthood accountable. There’s the left, and then there’s the rest of us. It’s time the rest of us played offense.

DISCLAIMER: The author bears no responsibility for the content of PPGG’s cartoon, nor the content found on the different sites listed. Please explore at your own risk.

Before I close… I believe it is important for us, as Christians, to learn what we can, even from PPGG’s cartoon. The many men and women I know who have participated in peaceful abortion protests are the exact opposite of what Planned Parenthood would have the public believe they are. And yet, there is an extremely small handful (while nothing compared to that of the other side) who do commit violence and who bring a reproach upon the name of Christ. Let us recommit ourselves to a high standard… That of love. We can and must combat organizations like Planned Parenthood, but to do so, we must not stoop to their level.

God bless you all! Soli Deo Gloria!