Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Planned Parenthood sex ad

This ad is cute ... I am glad to know our students are having sex and are happy about it, but it seems designed more to make people who already support Planned Parenthood feel good about themselves than to change the minds of those who do not.

As I have noted on this blog before, my view is that as long as we have decided that anyone who can attract a sex partner can have a child, expenditures on Planned Parenthood to provide abortions for those who cannot otherwise afford them (and who thus are surely ill-suited to having a child, at least at present) seems like tax money well spent.

A more convincing ad would not (implicitly) focus on Planned Parenthood's service to non-poor undergraduates at Michigan and would also mention that one can give to the organization voluntarily, via donations, as well as involuntarily via the tax system. I would feel better about Planned Parenthood if I knew they were doing their best to build up an endowment so that their services would not depend on the whims of the legislature.

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