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Condoms for kids? Protesters say Planned Parenthood handing out birth control to junior high students

By Ashley Chamberlain
Staff writer
July 11, 2008 03:27 am

DERRY — Every week for the past 18 months, minister David Costello has joined with a small group of sidewalk protestors on Birch Street in Derry to voice his opinion about a business he feels is a threat to the community.

Holding signs that read, "No Planned Parenthood," and "Pray for the end of abortion," the goal of the protestors is ultimately to shut down a business they say is harmful to residents, and most of all, to children.

Costello, from the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Salem, admits that protesting on the sidewalk outside a Planned Parenthood clinic doesn't make him popular. The reaction from the community regarding the protestors' efforts has been mixed. Some people honk or wave in affirmation, but at times he has experienced name-calling, hurtful comments and obscene gestures. His goal is to get people in the community to talk and think, but he said people rarely stop to talk.

"Planned Parenthood encourages teenagers to be sexually active and sexually irresponsible," Costello said. "I think it is important that we protest, and it is worth it if we have just a few people talk to us and think about (the negatives) a little bit more."

Costello's concerns about Planned Parenthood include the age of children getting medical advice and what he deems to be the lack of education and the amount of tax money that the clinic receives each year.

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Hat tip: American Life League