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'A Superhero for Choice' confronts abstinence promoter.
The eight-minute "A Superhero for Choice," posted on the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate website, has a bespectacled black woman in San Francisco morphing into a red-suited flying enforcer, bent on making the world safe for the organization's values. [Note: Since this story first was posted, the video has disappeared from the front page of the Planned Parenthood website.]
Viewers see three teenagers talking with an ugly green-faced man sporting a top hat and bow tie who tries to tell the kids abstinence is the only sure way to protect against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy. The teen girl rebuts the man, naming several birth-control methods.
Retorts the little green man: "Those are instruments from the devil's toolbox!"
The superhero arrives in time to fill a trash can with water and dump the pro-abstinence character into it, slamming the cover down. After the man's muffled voice eventually dies off, the superhero tosses the teens a "safe sex kit," reminding the kids: "Safe is sexy!"
The "Superhero for Choice," dubbed Dianisis, next confronts a group of protesters in front of a Planned Parenthood facility. They, too, are ugly and have green faces, carrying signs that say, "Pray for thy sins."
Religious protesters get blasted.
The superhero character uses a "condom gun" that catches each protester in a prophylactic bubble, which subsequently explodes. Though she admits the protesters have a First Amendment right to picket, she glories in the fact that people can now visit the Planned Parenthood facility unimpeded.
The flying superhero then travels to Washington, D.C., where she puts a giant condom on the Washington Monument and confronts a Southern senator who is stricken with "misinformed conservatism."
The woman's final stop is a village in Africa, where she talks to a doctor working to stem HIV/AIDS and to make sure "every child is a wanted child." The superhero remarks before leaving: "I have an appointment with the Rev. Jerry Falwell that schmuck."
Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League's STOPP International, decried the Planned Parenthood animated piece.
"With its latest marketing gimmick... Planned Parenthood is glamorizing violence against people of faith," Sedlak said in a statement. "The hatred and religious bigotry demonstrated by Planned Parenthood in this video are shocking and offensive."
Sedlak says the video could encourage people to act out the violence shown.
"In this post-9/11 era of terrorism, Planned Parenthood has recklessly crossed the line by promoting violence against people who do not share the organization's radical beliefs," said Sedlak. "Planned Parenthood's actions are reprehensible, because there is no guarantee that someone viewing this video might not act on its suggestions and instigate violence against people of faith."
Commented blogger Dawn Eden: "Now, I ask you, if the American Life League's website featured a cartoon depicting an ALL superhero blowing up nonviolent Planned Parenthood activists, would Planned Parenthood just shrug it off?
"I think we all know what would happen. There would be an uproar."
"This video is absolutely outrageous," said Douglas R. Scott, president of Life Decisions International, in a statement. "Pro-life men and women are depicted as evil and stupid. It sends a message to teenagers that it is acceptable to eliminate those who disagree. It is also riddled with misinformation about birth control, abortion, and sexual activity."
American Life League wants heads to roll over the video.
Said Sedlak: "American Life League demands that Planned Parenthood publicly reveal the names of all persons involved in the development and posting of this outrageous material and immediately dismiss all individuals involved from their positions as employees or volunteers. We also demand that Planned Parenthood issue a public apology without delay to pro-life Christians everywhere for inciting violence against them."
While Planned Parenthood refers countless women for abortions across the nation, the word "abortion" is not mentioned in the film.
Planned Parenthood Golden Gate is a consortium of eight clinics in the San Francisco Bay Area. Repeated calls to the organization's administrative offices were not returned by press time.
WASHINGTON, August 8, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Sleazy Dude" and "Senator." These are two pro-life characters in a new animated video released by Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (San Francisco). Titled "A Superhero for CHOICE," the video follows a female "superhero," named "Dianisis," whose sole mission is to protect "choice."
Dianisis first encounters "Sleezy Dude," as Sleezy tells a group of teenagers that "the only way to prevent pregnancy is to practice abstinence." One teen responds, "But Mister, we learned at school that there are other ways to practice safe sex and protect ourselves." Sleezy responds: "Those are instruments from the devil's toolbox!" Dianisis interrupts the conversation and throws Sleezy into a trash can. "Now you kids know where to go for all your healthcare needs and reproductive advice, don't you?" she asks. "We sure do, ma'am! Planned Parenthood Golden Gate! Because we have a choice!" they respond. Before departing Dianisis throws a "safe sex kit" to the teens as she yells, "Remember, safe is sexy!"
The superhero's next encounter is with pro-life activists who are grunting while they picket Planned Parenthood. "These folks here are known as anti-choice demonstrators," she says. "Under the First Amendment of our Constitution they are allowed to express their beliefs... Yet they can sometimes become unruly and sometimes they get a little too close. But mostly I just wish they would disappear. Hey, that gives me an idea!" Dianisis takes out a gun that fires condoms. Each demonstrator is shown inside a condom, which then explodes, eliminating them. "That's more like it," Dianisis continues. "Open for business. Now everyone that needs low cost and confidential healthcare may enter freely, without intimidation or violence..."
Dianisis interrupts a U.S. Senator who she sees throwing copies of the Bill of Rights, the Constitution the First Amendment, and Civil Rights laws into a boiling pot, which he refers to as "I Can Do Whatever I Want To Do Stew." The Senator explains: "You see, I come from a long line of grandiose narcissists where quite simply the laws of these United States do not apply." He then claims to be above the law. Dianisis throws the Senator into the boiling pot, pulls him out again, and the Senator says, "I feel cleansed. I no longer have the stench of misinformed conservatism. I want all women everywhere to have the ability to choose what they do with their bodies." The superhero responds, "That's more like it. And besides, money spent now for the funding of family planning will save billions of dollars in future social expenditures." A depiction of the scales of justice lists "CHOICE" or one side and "IGNORANCE" on the other.
"This video is absolutely outrageous," said Douglas R. Scott, president of Life Decisions International. "Pro-life men and women are depicted as evil and stupid. It sends a message to teenagers that it is acceptable to eliminate those who disagree. It is also riddled with misinformation about birth control, abortion, and sexual activity." He said the video relies on one word, "choice," to justify everything. "Planned Parenthood is using this video to spread its deadly message. It is time that Planned Parenthood put the lives of teenagers ahead of its incessant desire to make more money."
Jim Sedlak, executive director of American Life League's STOPP International commented, "The hatred and religious bigotry demonstrated by Planned Parenthood in this video are shocking and offensive," noting also that the organization was "glamorizing violence against people of faith."
The eight-minute animated feature is posted on Planned Parenthood Golden Gate's web site: http://www.ppgg.org
A play-by-play account of the video including stills (photos) is available from The Dawn Patrol blog at: http://www.dawneden.com/2005/08/planned-parenthood-fantasize...
President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, and the secret identity of the pro-abortion superheroine known as "Dianisis."
Yesterday, I wrote about the video clip Planned Parenthood has been circulating with its Superwomyn heroine, Dianisis.From: Dawn Eden, "Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Prez May Have Used Her Position for Profit" on "The Dawn Patrol" website, written 9 August 2005 (http://www.dawneden.com/2005/08/planned-parenthood-golden-gate-prez.html; viewed 3 April 2006):
Then, in the comments, "Askrom" noted that: "The heroine is a dead ringer for the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate office director, which says that it's a vanity project to boot."
I thought that was interesting, but then, Two Babes and a Brain (a great site), took it one step further, and pointed us to her picture -- Dian Harrison, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate.
Dian. Dianisis. What do you think? Alter egos?
The Two Babes report that Planned Parenthood has now scrubbed Dianisis and her condom gun off their web site. But this link does still work.
The star of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate's "A Superhero for Choice" cartoon, who gleefully blows up nonthreatening pro-lifers, is based on a real-life person: Dian J. Harrison, the president and CEO of that Planned Parenthood chapter.See also:
You may already know Harrison -- or, as she's known in the cartoon, "Dianysis" -- from her response to Monty Patterson, whose 18-year-old daughter, Holly Patterson, died after a Planned Parenthood Golden Gate branch gave her the abortion drug RU-486. According to the Web site San Francisco Faith, "After Holly's death on September 17 , Dian Harrison of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, the affiliate that runs the Hayward clinic, issued this statement: 'We extend our deepest sympathies to the family. We wish them strength and support in this tragic time.' Yet, Monty Patterson says that Planned Parenthood hasn't offered his family any support. 'They haven't offered anything,' Patterson said. 'They don't even return my calls.'"
What you don't know about Dian Harrison is that the same year Holly Patterson died, the Planned Parenthood president reaped a windfall under circumstances that sound, at the very least, odd for the head of a nonprofit.
On February 27, 2003, the drug firm Calypte (which trades on the American Stock Exchange) issued a press release announcing that Harrison, in her capacity as president and CEO, had authorized Planned Parenthood Golden Gate to use Calypte's HIV test. The same press release announced that Calypte had appointed Harrison to its board of directors as of February 24.
Considering that the press release also states that Planned Parenthood Golden Gate had 65,000 annual patients, the acquisition of that organization as a client represented a significant account for Calypte.
On March 10, 2003 -- two weeks after the company's announcement -- Calypte gave Harrison a non-qualified "right to buy" option for 200,000 shares of its stock, at 5 cents a share. (Calypte closed yesterday at 17 cents a share.)
Harrison's tenure with Calypte lasted just over three months. On June 2, she quit after the company's president, her good buddy Nancy E. Katz, resigned. I don't know what effect, if any, her departure had on her stock options.
I don't pretend to be an expert in the stock market. But it seems to me that the head of a nonprofit organization that -- as you can read at the bottom of my earlier entry -- receives 53 percent of its income from government funds and contracts should not have the appearance of a conflict of interest. And it does appear to be a mighty conflict of interest if "Dianysis" had the opportunity to reap personal financial rewards from her position of being able to choose which HIV test was used by her organization.
In other words, who was paying for those HIV tests while Harrison had the opportunity to line her pockets with their maker's profits? You and me...
No wonder Harrison wants to blow up pro-lifers. The chastity dividend would mean bankruptcy to her.
GhostWalaiOtokoFrom: "Planned Parenthood superhero terminates Christian protesters" message board, started 8 August 2005 on "Rapture Ready Message Board" website (http://www.rr-bb.com/archive/index.php/t-214477.html; viewed 21 June 2006):
January 28th 2006, 02:05 AM
The article therein aside [about Dianisis, the Planned Parenthood superhero], if the organization does not wish to say that it promotes promiscuous sex for the sake of promiscuous sex, naming our super heroes after Dionysius the Greek god of wine may and giving them oh so cute phrases like "safe is sexy" may not be the wisest choice.
August 8th, 2005, 04:15 PM
What, there is no sequel to "Choice Chick vs The Judgebots"? :lol [laugh out loud]
Imho [In my humble opinion], these types of things are not helpful to the Left.
August 8th, 2005, 05:53 PM
liberal wit [:rolleyes emoticon]
August 8th, 2005, 10:18 PM
Not very clever. Just the usual usual.
Wonder why abstinence is so frightening to them? [:confused emoticon]
What terrifies them so much that they must kill off the protestors?
August 8th, 2005, 10:42 PM
Hmm... the liberal equivalent of certain Jack Chick tracts, Kent Hovind's "amusement park," and the Bibleman show. One of which is potentially a good thing, actually but regardless, I agree with IbelieveinJesus [screen name of a previous poster to this message board]
Imho, these types of things are not helpful to the left. The extremist portrayals are simply too blatantly obvious, and fair-minded people from the left or right or middle will simply have to shake their heads if people are actually expecting such portrayals to be taken seriously or reach out to those not already on their side of the fence...
So I'm just trying to look at its real-world results, and the thing is that I highly doubt it's going to have much of an effect on anything in the world. I doubt I'd go as far as the American Life League... in demanding an apology and firings, because as far as I'm concerned, it's not even worth the effort, really.
August 9th, 2005, 07:47 AM
re: "Wonder why abstinence is so frightening to them?"
"When a civilization begins to decay and die, the only thing men and women think about is sex. It colors their thinking, their laws, their religions -- every aspect of their lives."
- author Robert E. Howard, 1935
August 9th, 2005, 08:35 AM
I am a leftist, and even I think that that cartoon is horrible. It portrays a certain group of people (Christians) as idiots and TEACHES that you should HATE them. That is never the way to get your point across or get people to agree with you.
I understand the message of safer sex, but that little bit of propaganda crossed the line so far that it can't even see the line any more. The safer sex message is not a promotion for sex. The ideology is that although abstinence is best and should be taught as such, we have to accept that kids (and adults) do stupid things that they were directly warned about, so for the ones who decide to ignore what they were taught about the dangers of premarital sex, it's better for them to have the knowledge of how to make it less dangerous than it is for them to be uninformed and expose themselves directly to all sorts of bad things. The message of safer sex is SUPPOSED to be like this: if you have taught your teenager the dangers of sex - physical, emotional, and spiritual - to a point where you are absolutely certain that the message has gotten across and s/he understands it fully ...but then your teen decides, "I know all the benefits of abstinence, but I don't care," and decides to have sex... and there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop or prevent it or save your child from it... it's better that s/he uses protection than using nothing because s/he never knew that such a thing existed.
That is NOT the message that cartoon is portraying at all. It's portraying that abstinence is completely unneccessary and abnormal. There is absolutely no logical argument to support that.
If there is one thing that pro-choicers and pro-lifers can agree on, it's that abstinence prevents abortion. This "superhero" spits in the face of that.
(Source: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #2 (1986), DC Comics: New York City; reprinted in Batman: The Dark Knight Returns hardcover edition, DC Comics: New York City (2002), page 131; written and pencilled by Frank Miller, inked by Klaus Janson, colored by Lynn Varley)
From: "The religion of comic book characters" forum discussion, started 3 December 2006 on RPG.net website (http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?s=9326f642dca06ede764bcd691814750c&t=299781; viewed 25 April 2007):
12-03-2006, 10:11 PM
Re: The religion of comic book characters
...There are even a number of non-religions listed, and I'm not talking about religions created for the comic book setting... I won't get into the liberal marxists, gypsy/roma ties, pro and con abortion rights activists, Alcoholics Anonymous, or anything else inappropriately listed as a religious affiliation...
From: "Religions of super heroes" forum discussion page started 14 August 2006 on "Wizard Universe" website (http://wizarduniverse.invisionzone.com/lofiversion/index.php/t1595.html; viewed 25 April 2007):
Aug 14 2006, 06:17 PM
...Since when is Communist, Liberal Marxist, "fair play", animal rights, mildly feminist, Alcoholics Anonymous, pro-abortion activist, Nazi, obsession with duality, and hates Spider-Man a religion???
From: "Comic Book Characters Listed by Religion" forum discussion started 7 March 2006 on "Truth and Beauty Bombs" website (http://www.truthandbeautybombs.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=5569; viewed 10 May 2007):
Professor Stevie Freezie
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:28 am
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:36 am
"pro-abortion activist" is a religion?
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:39 am
Abortion activist just sounds so so wrong. It's like the ultimate dead baby joke.
Professor Stevie Freezie
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:51 am
And "Environmental activist". This guy seems to have confused religion with "stuff you are into".
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 11:56 am
Man, this is so freaking cool. Except for the bit about "pro-abortion" (nice unbiased term there, jeez), and the bit about how being gay is also a religion.
Still, it's all worth it for this: [poster includes a picture of Jimmy Olsen and Mastodon as the "Legion of Lutheran Super-Heroes"]
Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2006 5:47 pm
The site is pretty conservative for a webpage that's about a bunch of different religions.
"Pro-abortion" my ass.
Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 11:09 am
If I were a comic book hero featured on this list, I'd probably be described as "Half Irish and Polish Catholic/half redneck snake handler/now fully agnostic/pro-abortion activist."
Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:42 pm
'pro abortion activist' label aside, the video that accompanies that superhero is pretty crazy and it's pretty clear that the writer had some anger management issues!
Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:45 pm
I concur. However, I also think it is stupid to include it in a list of superheroes from COMIC BOOKS. One misguided cartoon showcasing some of the services of Planned Parenthood is not a comic book, nor is its main character a comic book hero. It's just... argh.
From: "Religion of comic book characters" forum discussion started 17 March 2006 in "Media & Popular Culture" section on "IIDB General Discussion Forums" website (http://www.iidb.org/vbb/archive/index.php/t-158938.html; viewed 10 May 2007):
March 17, 2006, 09:54 PM
This might be old, but I found it interesting,
Supervillains tend to be atheists, superheroes tend to be theist...
March 21, 2006, 09:21 PM
...Also, a few of these are a bit wierd. Take Dianisis, who is on the team Planned Parenthood and is published by Planned Parenthood. Didn't know pro-choice, er, I mean, pro-abortion activist was a religion...
From: "The Church of Superman" forum discussion started 19 June 2006 on the "James Randi Educational Foundation" website (http://www.randi.org/forumlive/showthread.php?t=58627; viewed 15 May 2007):
19th June 2006, 06:03 AM
The Church of Superman
Hmmmm... the "religious" affiliations of comic book characters. Huh?
19th June 2006, 07:01 AM
Pro abortion activism is a religion?