As briefly mentioned earlier this week, Planned Parenthood Indiana is offering gift certificates so that local women can get a leg up when paying for their health care. However, conservative opponents of PP have taken the opportunity to insist that the organization is just trying to perform more abortions. "It's offensive that they would be highlighting Christmas to push their services," Right to Life of Indianapolis President President Marc Tuttle says. "Christmas is a time when Christians are celebrating the birth of a savior to Mary, an unwed mother."
Planned Parenthood officials point out that only 5% of their clients receive abortions, and Planned Parenthood of Indiana spokesperson Kate Shepherd tells the Indianapolis Star, "this program has nothing to do with abortion. This is about basic reproductive health care…Because of the economy the way it is, so many are putting their own health care at the bottom of the list of priorities. This is a way for friends and family to say, 'Why don't you put yourself first?'"
However, Conservative opponents have a legitimate beef with Planned Parenthood of Bloomington, Indiana. Pro lifer Lila Rose went undercover at the Indiana clinic, posing as a 13-year-old girl who says she's been impregnated by a 31-year-old man. This is obviously a case of statutory rape.
On tape, the nurse acknowledges her responsibility to report the abuse, but assures Rose she will not. The nurse says, 'I am supposed to report to Child Protective Services,' but tells Rose, 'Okay, I didn’t hear the age [of the 31-year-old]. I don’t want to know the age.' She then instructs Rose how to obtain a secret abortion by crossing state lines in order to avoid Indiana’s parental consent law. The nurse also coaches Rose to cover for the 31-year-old man by saying he is only 14. She says, 'You’ve seen him around, you know he’s 14, he’s in your grade and whatever. You know what I mean.'
That account of the unfortunate situation comes from Michelle Malkin, who takes the employee violation and uses it as an opportunity to call Planned Parenthood evil "predators." (The employee in question has been suspended.)
But back to those gift certificates. As always, Jon Stewart took the opportunity to poke a bit of fun at the women's health organization, claiming that the certificates "are a great way of saying 'Merry Christmas, there's been speculation around the office that you have the human papillomavirus.'" Clip below.
Gift Certificate Covering Abortion Stirs Controversy [Indianapolis Star]
Planned Parenthood Gift Certificates Make Controversial Stocking Stuffers [Breitbart]
Undercover At Planned Parenthood [Michelle Malkin]
Planned Parenthood Suspends Staffer [Michelle Malkin]