Some California lawmakers are upset that Planned Parenthood delivered condoms to their offices in Valentine’s Day gift packages that used a profane word in its message.
Assemblyman Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) said in a statement that he took offense to the phrase printed on condom wrappers, which read, “Don’t … with us. Don’t … without us.”
“Aside from its vulgarity, it is a veiled threat and a strong-arm tactic — something I don’t appreciate, particularly when it appears to also be directed at our staff,” Morrell said in the statement on Thursday. “Communicating such an overtly crude and sexualized message is inappropriate in any workplace, including here at the capitol.”
Senate GOP leader Shannon Grove of Bakersfield wrote in a comment on Facebook that her office also received one of the packages.
“Really???? This is how PP communicates with members of the state legislature,” she wrote. “Good thing I stopped a group of kids from seeing it in my office……#Crass #disgusting #Vulgar.”
Morrell said he believes that the delivery violated the standards of conduct that legislators are taught during training to prevent harassment, discrimination and retaliation. He called on Democratic leadership to condemn the move.
A spokeswoman for Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) did not immediately return a request for comment.
At least one state lawmaker seemed to appreciate the gift. Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell) tweeted a picture of the package and tagged Planned Parenthood, writing, “Thank you for the amazing work you do.”
Jennifer Wonnacott, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, said in a statement that the packages, which also included a notecard and candy, were delivered to all legislative offices at the state Capitol and were intended to highlight the importance of safe sex.
“Planned Parenthood is proud to advocate and promote safe sex, and we will continue to highlight the importance of sexual and reproductive health care with all legislators, especially in light of federal attacks,” she said. “Furthermore, if we want to talk about harassment and threats, we can give real examples of the threats made against patients and providers every day to try to stop access to care — both in front of health care centers and by the federal government. ”
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