Sarah Palin, Abstinence Only, and Planned Parenthood

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Planned Parenthood is holding a panel discussion September 16th at FIU called "Sex, Lies, and Stereotypes: The Harm of Abstinence Only Policies at Home and Abroad." Gee, I wonder what name will constantly be brought up again at again at that. Hmmmm...

They didn't slap this discussion together over night, but damn they sure got lucky. You couldn't ask for better synergy for an event. You've got the pregnant teenage daughter of Vice Presidential nominee of the party that pushes abstinence only policies. She's from Alaska (which is technically "home", but practically "abroad"). Even the title "Sex, Lies and Stereotypes" could practically be changed out for this week's Sarah Palin cover of Us Weekly: "Babies, Lies and Scandal" (Yes, Sarah Palin is on the cover of Us Weekly. She's the next Heidi Montag!).

A representative from Planned Parenthood alleges this won't be just a Palin gab fest. "It's not about elections," says Judith Selzer, Vice President of Public Policy & Communications. "I don't expect people to come two weeks from now wanting to discuss that."

But some of the panelists don't shy away from politics. It was just last week that one planned speaker Lillian Tamayo, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Miami, Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast, was in Denver giving away condoms that said "Protect Yourself from John McCain (In this election)." I wonder if she's ordered a case of Palin prophylactics.

So not only do we think people are still going to have this on their mind in two weeks, we bet a panelist or two might just have something to say about it too.

For anyone who would like to attend the event to hear experts discuss the failure of abstinence only policies, sex ed, and maybe even some Sarah Palin the full flyer for the event is posted after the jump.

--Kyle Munzenrieder

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