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Opening Arguments

Irresistible emergency

Today's question: If you plan for an emergency, is it really an emergency?

MISHAWAKA, Ind. - A free giveaway of emergency contraception doses at Planned Parenthood health centers in Indiana cities with large college populations has angered an anti-abortion group, whose leader calls it "irresponsible."

The giveaways are timed to remind young adults of the importance of responsible sexual behavior as spring break nears for many colleges and universities, said Steve Carr, a spokesman for Planned Parenthood of Indiana.

He stressed that emergency contraception should not be relied on as a main source of birth control, just for emergency situations to prevent an unintended pregnancy.

What qualifies as an "emergency  situation"? A naked woman wandering into your room and crawling into your bed, announcing she won't take no for an answer? A crazed gunman ordering two people to go at it to avoid being shot? Somehow, I think Planned Parenthood has something a little less drastic in mind. What it calls an "emergency" is what most of the rest of us would call a "sudden urge" or, perhaps, "irresitible impulse."


Mon, 02/18/2008 - 11:33am

When will these people realize that pregnancy is God's punishment for sex and attempts to evade righteous punishment is blasphemous. Oh, and a child is, of course, an unmitigated blessing.

Bob G.
Mon, 02/18/2008 - 1:26pm

OK, let's do the math:
Spring Break (any locale will suffice)
+ booze to drown in
+ scantilly-clad young girls
+ raging hormonal levels in the boys
+ no real supervision
= Call the national guard...we have a LEVEL ONE EMERGENCY on our hands!
(broken levees, broken condoms, broken promises...all seems relative now)



Mon, 02/18/2008 - 4:55pm

Emergency such as "the condom broke?"

You honestly didn't think of that?