By Kathleen Gilbert

WARWICKSHIRE, U.K., November 28, 2008 ( – A new advertisement from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), sometimes described as the “British Planned Parenthood,” depicting a semi-pornographic Christmas scene is being used to tout free morning-after pills and condoms for the Christmas season.

The ad shows the lower half of a man clad in “Santa” get-up grasping the rear of a woman in a mini-skirt whose leg is entwined around the “Santa” figure, set against the backdrop of a typical Christmas living room scene. “Santa only comes once a year … but that’s all it takes!” reads the ad, implying that the woman could get pregnant even if she only has sex with Santa once a year, without using contraception.

BPAS’s website explains that they “recognise that Christmas is a time when people don’t think about contraception as a priority, but accidents still happen.” In order to remedy the shortened holiday schedule of family planning clinics and pharmacies, BPAS will be providing a “Free Christmas Pack” containing a dose of the abortifacient morning-after pill, three condoms, a leaflet on “what your options are in case the pill doesn’t work” and another on general sexual health services.

BPAS, a non-profit organization, like its U.S. counterpart Planned Parenthood, is the U.K.’s largest single abortion provider.

Anthony Ozimic, political secretary for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), responded to the ad with disgust.

“It is certainly a despicable ploy which threatens unborn children, promotes promiscuity, undermines public health and insults the child-centred meaning of Christmas,” said Ozimic. “The offensive sexual innuendo linked to Santa Claus is evidence of BPAS’s morally bankrupt status.”

Ozimic also said it is revealing that the BPAS pack included information on “options” in case of unexpected pregnancy. “This makes us question whether not this free give-away isn’t a thinly-disguised attempt by BPAS to drum up more abortion business in the new year,” he said.

“This style of promoting the morning-after pill will have an adverse effect on many young and vulnerable women,” Ozimic continued. “It will encourage men to see females as sex objects, who can be exploited without responsibility for the consequences. The morning-after pill’s promoters share in the abuse of women by misleading them about its potential effect, which, the manufacturers concede, may include causing an early abortion.”

The BPAS ad coincides with a Christmas campaign from the U.S. Planned Parenthood of Indiana, promoting gift cards to be redeemed for services such as birth control, STD testing, and abortions.

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