At&T’S New Choice

After more than two decades of philanthropic support, the AT&T Foundation last month announced it will no longer give direct donations to Planned Parenthood. AT&T had been giving to Planned Parenthood since the 1960s; since 1986, those donations have totaled $50,000 annually.

Prolifers, led by the Christian Action Council’s Doug Scott, had been writing to AT&T expressing their concern. (The prolife movement considers Planned Parenthood the nation’s largest purveyor of abortions.)

In a letter to Scott, AT&T senior vice-president Jane Redfern acknowledged that Planned Parenthood’s political activities forced the decision. “Noting Planned Parenthood’s increasing role in abortion rights advocacy, the trustees of the AT&T Foundation recently concluded that we are unable to clarify to our constituents’ satisfaction the distinction between funding of Planned Parenthood’s educational programs and taking a position in support of abortion,” she said. “AT&T does not take a position on abortion,” she added. “To do so would be presumptuous, because it is a matter of personal conscience.”

Mapplethorpe V. Cincinnati

Is it art or pornography? Lately that question has been on the minds of Cincinnati residents regarding the works of the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Some of the controversial photos are of nude children; others convey what have been widely described as “homoerotic images.” The photos first raised a stir when their exhibit was cancelled last year by the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. They launched a major debate on the use of federal funds for the arts.

But there was little debate among Cincinnati’s political leadership. When it opened last month, sheriff’s deputies ...

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