In the cultural shoot-'em-up that ended -- sort of -- when Komen decided not to defund after all, the shoe has conspicuously gotten on the wrong foot. The Komen foundation didn't show much public relations sense in the way it handled its PP relationship. But of all organizations to hide behind its own injured feelings -- PP! If it has in fact become so mainstream as to arouse all the defensive instincts of the liberal establishment (New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, California Sen. Barbara Boxer, The New York Times, etc.) America's worst problems may not be economic. In fact, I'm pretty sure they're not.
I confess to having snored through past conservative jeremiads concerning PP. No more. Clearly PP enjoys First Amendment rights to preach any gospel of moral decomposition it cares to preach. Only not -- please! -- from the pinnacle of sanctity it sees itself as perched upon.
As a promoter of women's health, PP doubtless deserves some credit -- in some cases, one is sure, a lot. What it doesn't deserve is exemption from moral norms -- norms that, truth be told, conduce as strongly to good health as do whole clinics full of pills, needles and sweet-faced nurses.
PPs delusion -- that's what it is, you know -- appears to be that whatever you want to do these days (apart from impose outdated moral norms) is OK, provided you get your shots, tests and advice from them. Fie! Women deserve infinitely better than tacit encouragement to believe that if it feels good -- right, timely or convenient -- they ought to go ahead; because that's what multitudes are doing now, and if it were working as advertised would we really, truly need PP?
William Murchison writes from Dallas. To find out more about William Murchison, and to see features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
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