German firm to float birth-controlads above Polish capital

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23 June 2004 , WARSAW - Residents of the Polish capital looking skyward in September will see more than just the blue or grey above their city - a German oral contraceptive producer has plans to sprinkle the heavens with advice on sex, particularly birth-control. "Birth-control - plan your future," and "Birth-control - Grade A sex", are two of the slogans Schering AG is planning to display on banners which are to be dragged across Warsaw skies behind light aircraft. The plans have already drawn the ire of

23 June 2004

WARSAW - Residents of the Polish capital looking skyward in September will see more than just the blue or grey above their city - a German oral contraceptive producer has plans to sprinkle the heavens with advice on sex, particularly birth-control.

"Birth-control - plan your future," and "Birth-control - Grade A sex", are two of the slogans Schering AG is planning to display on banners which are to be dragged across Warsaw skies behind light aircraft.

The plans have already drawn the ire of members of the Catholic fundamentalist League of Polish Families (LPR), which also opposed plans for a gay rights march earlier this month.

"This crosses the limits of moral vileness," LPR legislator Ewa Kantor told Zycie Warszawy in reaction to news of the campaign.

"They are destroying the moral sensibility of our youngsters," she said, vowing to derail the plans.

The party recently made a surprise leap into second place in the popularity rankings of Polish political parties taking some 16 per cent of the popular vote in recent elections to the European Parliament and subsequent opinion polls.

In order for the campaign to go ahead without the permission of Warsaw city hall, Schering plans to fly its imaginative banners in an air corridor over the city's Vistula River where city hall has no jurisdiction.

The move comes as Warsaw's conservative Mayor Lech Kaczynski recently banned a gay pride parade arguing Warsaw residents had to be protected from "unwanted events of a sexual character."

Zycie Warszawy reports the German firm has also taken it's birth-control campaign to Polish high schools by distributing half a million information booklets explaining ways of practising safe sex and methods of birth-control.

With little in the way of sex education in the Polish school curriculum, a company representative claims demand for the booklets in Warsaw schools is high.

DPA

Subject: German news

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