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September 08, 2005

Planned Parenthood Exploits Katrina

Oh, now this is rich. Planned Parenthood, after offering to give Katrina victims free "morning after" pills, is now using the disaster to raise money...for itself.

Pro-life advocates say Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business, continues to exploit victims of Hurricane Katrina. The organization previously said it would provide morning after pills to victims, instead of food or shelter, and is now raising money off of the hurricane for its local abortion centers.

On its national web site, Planned Parenthood solicits funds for Hurricane Katrina support efforts. In fine print, the abortion advocacy group explains that all of the money raised will be used to support its local abortion businesses.

Under a headline "Help Those Affected by the Hurricane," Planned Parenthood admits that "100% of your tax-deductible contribution will go directly to helping Planned Parenthood affiliates."

"Your support is particularly important right now because Planned Parenthood is facing a truly tremendous number of challenges in the courtrooms, in Washington, D.C., and in our clinics," the abortion business says on the hurricane donation page.

I guess PP considers itself "affected by the hurricane". Some folks may chuckle (or get outraged) over handing out Bibles to victims, but I think it's far better than offering to kill your unborn baby for free. And whatever money isn't spent on Katrina victims will just go into the PP general coffers. How considerate of them.

UPDATE: The page in question is here. As one comment to this post notes, the section about "courtroom" donations, while on the same page as the Katrina request, is separated from it by a line that, hopefully, would visually indicate that the information below it does not relate to the Katrina donations.

Posted by Doug at September 8, 2005 02:08 PM

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Ok, remember when I defended PP, here:

I completely take it back. This is worse than vile. It's also arguably illegal under the consumer protection laws and charitable regulations of at least a few of the various states. This should be on the front page of the NYTimes. I just can't even express how disgusting this is. Why haven't I seen any other bloggers pick this up and run with it? This information needs to get out (even if most conservatives don't really need any more reason to be upset at PP)...

Posted by: Ronny.T.Donny at September 8, 2005 02:23 PM

I linked to this and I agree with the sentiment, but I think the quoted article wasn't quite the full truth.

I went and looked up the PP page for their Katrina donations. The money would be going to help keep abortion clincs open in the affected regions, not just generic clincs. Not that I want any abortions clinc open, but the article should have been more clear.

And the plea for help in their legal battles was underneath the Katrina help under a sub-head of other ways to donate to Planned Parenthood.

What PP does is appalling and we should call them out on this, but we should also do it honestly. They are the ones who must rely on distortions and half-truths, not us.

Posted by: Aaron at September 9, 2005 10:33 AM

Dawn Eden of The Dawn Patrol blogged about this a few days ago. Dawn, bless her, has been a painful thorn in the side of Planned Parenthood for some time now.

Dawn's take on PP's actions? She points out that PP's original founder, Margaret Sanger, was a life-long advocate of racial purity and eugenics, and she wonders whether or not PP's true mission is a continuation of the goals that Sanger advocated in the 1920's -- using birth control to keep poor minorities from "breeding."

I sincerely hope that Dawn is wrong, for this would be utterly reprehensible. But then again, so is late-term abortion.

Posted by: Mike at September 9, 2005 10:43 AM

Aaron, good point. The Katrina aid request is on the same page as other donation requests, but are indeed separated. The "courtroom" donations section has a line above it that is intended to show it as being different.

What I find interesting is this line: "Women and families escaped the storm with their lives, leaving behind birth control and other items critical to their well-being." Is birth control "critical" to well-being? :)

Posted by: Doug Payton at September 9, 2005 02:16 PM

"Is birth control "critical" to well-being? :)"

Well lets look at it realisticly.

Your a poor wife or poor single girl who got in the family way. You don't want any welfare and you don't want any children. But..seeing how you can't afford to go to a private doctor you have to go to P.P.

Your a poor mother already on welfare and if you don't have your pills you will only have years more of being a mother with no chance of going back to school or getting a good job because you are not qualified to do anything and can't anyway because of limited benifits such as day care and no transportation.

Take it from me, I know many of both groups and they have to have their pills and also the emergency 3 day pill.

Understand it or not, agree or not, that is the way it is in the real world.

Papa Ray
West Texas

Posted by: Papa Ray at September 12, 2005 08:58 PM

Abstinence is still cheaper (and more effective, if held to). Yes, rape is still an issue, but I wonder what the percentage is between that and chosen sexual encounters.

Nonetheless, my main point is that, while these folks are recovering from the hurricane devastation, I'd think they could take just a little "time out", considering the circumstances. There are a lot of things more critical to one's well being than birth control.

Posted by: Doug Payton at September 13, 2005 09:09 AM