Culture At Large

Abortion "Gift" Certificates

Jerod Clark

Recently Planned Parenthood in Indiana started selling gift certificates for services at their centers.  The organization is touting the self proclaimed "unusual" gift this way on it's website:
Nearly 800,000 Hoosiers don’t have health insurance and can’t afford basic health services. Why not buy a loved one a gift this holiday season that they really need and one that will contribute to their health throughout the year?  The gift certificates are also a wonderful idea for that person in your life who puts everyone else first and has been putting off taking care of her or his own health. Now, there’s no excuse for those people in your life not to get the basic health care that they need.
In terms of what the gift cards can be used for, the website mainly sticks to the words "screenings" and "exams."  While there's no mention of the a-word, the gift card can apparently be used for an abortion.  Jim Sedlak of the American Life League responded this way:
This is an outrage and every Christian should be appalled. Christmas, perhaps more than any other time of the year, is dedicated to the miracle of life and Divine Love, which is under attack in our relativist society. Chief among the assailants is and has always been the twisted philosophy Planned Parenthood promotes - a philosophy that enshrines selfishness, devalues human life and degrades human sexuality. Planned Parenthood "gift" certificates would be more accurately described as death certificates. A gift from the nation's chief purveyor of abortions amounts to such for thousands of children each year.
I almost didn't post this because I don't think Planned Parenthood deserves all of the attention and free publicity they're getting from selling the gift certificates  But as Christians, I think this is one of the issues we'll be talking about.  Wouldn't it be nice if a church that was giving free health exams to people in need got the same kind of media attention?

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