Thursday, February 9, 2006

The No-Dependent Pendant

The Plain Dealer reports that "Cleveland artist Christopher Sweiger...owner of Artifactual Creations, has teamed with Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland to produce UnderCover jewelry - a line of jewelry made with expired birth control pills."

The barren baubles sold through Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland's online store include the "Orange Pod Necklace" (above) and "Flower Necklaces" (left).

I find it ironic that Planned Parenthood is attempting to market oral-contraceptive jewelry by associating it with the plant world—particularly the "pod." Peas in the pod are flora's most popularly cited equivalent to pregnancy. It's as though Planned Parenthood implicitly realizes that the concept of nascent life is what sells products to women — even products that celebrate self-imposed sterility.

In 2004-05, Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland received $372,510 — 9% of its budget — from federal taxpayers. If you would like to add your voice to those urging politicians to cut off Planned Parenthood's public funding, sign the petition at