Planned Parenthood Offers New Line of Designer Condoms
(CNSNews.com) – Planned Parenthood Federation of America has decorated its Web site with its traditional “Choice on Earth” parody of the “Peace on Earth” message, just in time for the Christmas season. But in addition to gift certificates for Planned Parenthood services, a new line of designer condoms is also on sale, with proceeds benefiting the nation’s largest abortion provider.
A new design by Keith Haring joins those by Alexander Wang, Charlotte Ronson, Jeremy Scott and others who are designing packaging for condoms under the “Proper Attire: Required for Entry” trademark, accompanied by fig leaf artwork. The fashion celebrities have contributed covers for three-packs of condoms, which are for sale on Planned Parenthood’s Web site for $5.99.
The campaign features a designer handbag to imply the fashionable condoms will be a perfect fit. Media reviews scroll above the handbag on the Web site such as “Condom Couture, Straight Out of Velvet Rope Culture,” “Protect Yourself in Style,” “These are Condoms for the Fashion Forward,” and The ‘It’ Condom -- Fashionable Love Gloves.”
The latest addition of the “condom collection” features the image of Haring’s “Untitled,” from 1985.
The description of the packaging says, “A small splash of color that can brighten the drabbest of outfits. Limited edition packaging incorporating Keith Haring’s classic image of dancing figures and barking dogs.
“Premium lubricated latex color condoms, designed for more fun and to maximize pleasure,” the packaging says.
Haring “Untitled, 1988” is also in the collection.
“Ethereal, weightless, almost like wearing nothing at all,” the description says.
On the “About Us” portion of the campaign, Planned Parenthood describes the condom sales this way:
“Old stereotypes about who should buy condoms are so last season! PROPER ATTIRE® condoms are the "must-have" accessory and were designed with stylish women in mind. The fashionably chic PROPER ATTIRE design helps ensure that now you can feel completely comfortable buying condoms and carrying them with you.
“Not only are you protecting your health by buying PROPER ATTIRE condoms, you are also supporting a great cause. Proceeds from the sale of PROPER ATTIRE condoms will benefit Planned Parenthood Federation of America.”
Planned Parenthood is also selling other merchandise to raise money for the campaign, including T-shirts, on its and other Web sites and at some retail stores.
Planned Parenthood’s holiday-themed home page also seeks end-of-year donations. Planned Parenthood has not made public its annual report since Fiscal Year 2007-2008 where it is noted that the organization got $349.6 million in federal funding.