Planned Parenthood has announced that it gave away free Donald Trump-themed condoms near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. The reason: Planned Parenthood wants women to be able to “protect themselves” from Donald Trump. The Trump-themed condoms were handed out in Ohio on Wednesday near the contentious GOP convention, reports the Washington Examiner.
The Trump-themed condoms distributed by Planned Parenthood are available in pink, orange, and blue packaging. Each condom package reads “Protect yourself from Trump.” In addition to warning women of the need to protect themselves from the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, the Trump-themed condoms also feature information about Trump’s political platform, which many believe is misogynistic and harmful to the women of the United States.
Included among the Trump-themed condom wrapper messages are words regarding Donald Trump’s pro-life political stance, the Donald’s public opposition to Obamacare (which allows women to get free contraceptives), and his controversial words about the Latino judge overseeing the Trump University case.
All in all, Planned Parenthood has used the Trump-themed condoms to vent their anger at both Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party’s platform. Planned Parenthood has been a very vocal opponent of conservative politics and has fought diligently to protect women’s rights both federally and in Republican-controlled states. Planned Parenthood’s efforts have helped to bring about Supreme Court decisions that have preserved women’s abortion rights in super conservative states such as Louisiana and Texas.
Planned Parenthood took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce their Trump-themed condom giveaway near the GOP convention.
Not surprisingly, many of Planned Parenthood’s Twitter followers found the political gimmick both relevant and hilarious, and most weren’t shy about sharing their feelings about the anti-Trump condom campaign.
@PPact Even tho it has Trump on it they SHOULD make sure that all male members of the campaign have a condom— Marge Davis (@Marjee123) July 20, 2016
@PPact Thinking about Trump is birth control enough--immediate libido-killer.— Jenn Null (@jennzen78) July 20, 2016
Not everyone thinks the Trump-themed condoms are a good idea, though, let alone funny.
“If Trump had his way, you would have to pay hundreds of dollars a year just to access birth control…You would be ‘punished’ for having an abortion.”
In addition to handing out Trump-themed condoms in Cleveland, Planned Parenthood is using its Twitter feed to call out Trump VP Mike Pence on his birth control stance.
Back in 2002, Trump VP Pence called condoms a “very, very poor protection against STDs,” reports BuzzFeed. Planned Parenthood used its social media prowess to tell the world how incorrect that Pence statement really is.
Even though Planned Parenthood chose to use the GOP convention to mock the Republican presidential nominee with Trump-themed condoms, the truth of the matter is that Donald Trump has a very ambiguous abortion stance. Trump has repeatedly changed his mind and beliefs about abortion in the United States. In most instances, Donald Trump’s stated beliefs about abortion rights depend upon who he’s talking to.
Prior to his 2016 presidential bid, Donald Trump has publicly supported both Planned Parenthood and women’s abortion rights in the U.S. As the Daily Signal reports, back in 2015, Trump publicly spoke out in favor of Planned Parenthood. The Republican presidential nominee called abortion “a small part of what they do.”
“There’s two Planned Parenthoods, in a way. You have it as an abortion clinic. Now that’s actually a fairly small part of what they do, but it’s a brutal part. And I’m totally against it and I wouldn’t do that. They also, however, service women.”
In that sentiment, which Trump spoke during a Fox News interview, the then-Republican candidate for president seemingly spoke out in favor of Planned Parenthood while disparaging the practice of abortion. However, in the past, Trump has publicly called himself “pro-choice.”
In a 1999 interview, in fact, Donald Trump called himself “very pro-choice,” reports NBC News.
Since he decided to run for POTUS on the Republican ticket, however, Donald Trump appears to have had an extreme change of heart regarding abortion. He has even promised to seek out a Supreme Court Justice that opposes abortion to replace the deceased Antonin Scalia.
Wednesday’s condom giveaway isn’t the first time Planned Parenthood has used prophylactics to protest a Republican presidential candidate. Before handing out Trump-themed condoms in Cleveland, Planned Parenthood handed out condoms denouncing Romney, McCain, and George W. Bush.
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