Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Christmas: Need Gift Idea? How About an Abortion?

Planned Parenthood of Indiana now offering gift certificates

This year, give the gift of convenience.

“People are making really tough decisions about putting gas in their car
and food on their table, so we know that many women especially put healthcare at
the bottom of their list to do,” said Chrystal Struben-Hall, Vice President of
Planned Parenthood of Indiana…

“They can be seen for sexually transmitted disease screenings, HIV
tests and general prostate exams and those kinds of things,” said

Some Hoosiers 24-Hour News 8 talked to asked if the gift
certificates could be used towards abortions. The answer is yes. But, Planned
Parenthood said that’s not the purpose of the gift certificates…

Indiana Family Institute President Curt Smith said he is appalled
by the certificates.
“I think the way to help family planning is to give the
money where there’s no agenda. So if somebody wants to help a woman at a time of
crisis, they can support the life centers throughout Indiana,” said Smith.

Think of it not so much as a gift certificate than as a receipt, in
case Santa left something under your tree that you’d like to “return.”

Exit question: What kind of relationship would you have to have with someone for a gift certificate from Planned Parenthood to be appropriate? If you’re buying for your significant other, cash works just as well. If you’re buying for friends, um … what’s the message there? “Merry Christmas, buddy. The next prostate exam’s on me.”

Thanks to Hot Air for the commentary.

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