What She Really Wants
From the Washington Times:
Indiana residents in need of a quick stocking stuffer this holiday season have an unusual option: Planned Parenthood gift certificates.
The group’s Hoosier State chapter on Wednesday began selling gift certificates redeemable at any of its 35 facilities for any service provided — from basic health screenings to birth control to abortions.
Betty Cockrum, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, said the program was initiated in response to the state’s ailing economy.
“Our patients are principally low-income women, and so, needless to say, those patients are more challenged now than ever,” Ms. Cockrum said. “We find that when women are [financially] strapped, they’re more worried about putting food on the table and gas in their car, and their health care is often put by the wayside.”
Ms. Cockrum said that while the certificates may be redeemed for abortions, “I can’t imagine that could happen.”
“An abortion is a tragic and urgent situation in a women’s life, and gift certificates don’t lend themselves to that,” she said.
Um…don’t those two statements-the one about Planned Parenthood’s clientele being low income women and the one about the certificates not being used for abortions-contradict each other? If I needed an abortion and didn’t have the money, BUT I had (or knew someone who had) a gift certificate to Planned Parenthood, well…problem (almost) solved.
Personally, I’m against abortion, though at times I can see having one being more beneficial than not having one (been in one of those situations myself). And I’m more interested in addressing some of the societial issues that lead women to want to get an abortion, because I believe that’s the best way to solve the problem. Make abortion unattractive, and it will go away.
But, as my friend Jonn said above, does the best way to celebrate Christmas-you know, the holiday that celebrates birth-include giving someone a gift that promotes, well, death?