Planned Parenthood Offers Gift Certificates

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Looking for a special gift for that hard-to-buy-for, sexually-active female who lives in Indiana? How about a Planned Parenthood gift certificate? Available in values from $25 to $100, the certificates are good toward all clinic services including annual exams, pap smears, birth control and yes, abortions.

Not surprisingly, the gift certificate offer has some people really upset. "This campaign to offer lethal gift certificates that Planned Parenthood is engaging in right now is offensive," said Sister Diane Carollo, director of the Office for Pro-Life Ministry for the Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis. "And it's offensive because Christmas is about the celebration of human life."

In defense of the unusual idea, Planned Parenthood of Indiana's president and CEO, Betty Cockrum, says that this is a gift of health for women in tough economic times. "Women in particular are likely to forgo basic medical needs when faced with putting gas in their car or food on the table," she said.

Currently the gift certificates are only available Indiana, but Planned Parenthood chapters in Illinois, New York, Alaska and Michigan are considering similar programs. "It's about basic health care. It's about annual exams, it's about pap smears, it's about birth control," said Cockrum. "I would be amazed if a dime of it goes toward an abortion."

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