Talk about one huge case of a typo — an Alaskan Catholic organization accused Planned Parenthood of selling gift certificates for abortions for the holiday season, which some began calling a “stick in the eye” of Christians.
But it turns out that there was a small “error.” The group wasn’t offering abortion services at all.
The Catholic Anchor, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Anchorage, published an article saying Planned Parenthood planned on selling gift certificates for abortions. It later corrected what it calls an error, but not before Planned Parenthood says the article caused a stir nationwide.
“All of the packages that we’re offering are, of course, not redeemable. None of them are coupons they are all preventative services,” said Kime McClintock, Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest.
In the Nov. 28 article in the Catholic Anchor, author Joel Davidson wrote, “Planned Parenthood, which in past years has promoted a “Choice on Earth” campaign during the Christmas season, is now offering gift certificates which can be used toward paying for abortions.”
On Dec. 1, Davidson corrected himself, and wrote, “The Catholic Anchor incorrectly reported that Planned Parenthood would be accepting gift donations at the Mitzvah Mall that could be utilized for abortions. In actuality, Planned Parenthood will be accepting donations to help pay for birth control pills, education opportunities and other services.”
But Planned Parenthood said the rumor was already out there.
“We didn’t expect that our national office would be calling in to check up to make sure that things were okay, wonder what it was that they were hearing about. We didn’t expect that it would be in so many different blogs all over the internet,” said McClintock.
The money donated at the Mitzvah Mall will go into Planned Parenthood’s general fund, where McClintock says it will be used for preventative care, like birth control, pap smears and HPV vaccines.
The original article was changed to reflect the “error” but was already picked up and outrage over the “abortion gift certificate” plan was fevered.
The certificates are being sold in Anchorage as part of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest’s effort to raise funds for their organization.
Alaska Family Council President Jim Minnery said PPGNW’s efforts are meant to mock those whose faith dictates that abortion is morally wrong.
“They have a true disrespect and disdain for those who have a true faith,” he commented. Minnery believes their holiday efforts are a not-so subtle “poke in the eye” of pro-life advocates.
The Alaskan fundraiser is the latest effort in Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Christmas fundraising endeavors.
In the past, PPFA sold “Choice on Earth”-themed Christmas cards.
The cards featured a variety of designs, including two doves (one white, one gold) holding olive branches.
Other cards stated “Seasons Greetings” and “Happy Planning for the New Year” while featuring white silhouettes of a parent and child on a pink background.
“Planned Parenthood has enjoyed poking Christians with sticks at Christmas, mocking the birth of Jesus with their unique holiday greeting cards,” Jill Sedlak, executive director of America’s Life League’s STOPP International, said, according to Lifenews.com.
Minnery, meanwhile, commented, “They’re riding on the coat tails of the sacred story.”
Besides the fact that the group was wrong about the “abortion gift certificates” all together, it’s also a little difficult to understand why selling anything at a Jewish festival is somehow “mocking” Christians. But, since the original accusation was made up, I guess anything goes.
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