Loading
Planned Parenthood in Alaska to use holiday bazaar to promote abortion
By Joel Davidson, CatholicAnchor.org

.- The following story was updated Dec. 1, 2010

A week after the start of Advent, in which many people are preparing to celebrate the birth of the Infant Jesus, the largest provider of abortions in Alaska plans to utilize a popular holiday bazaar in Anchorage to promote and raise funds for their organization, although funds raised during the bazaar cannot be used to pay for abortions.

Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest (PPGNW) is scheduled to be one of 35 non-profit organizations that will participate in the annual Mitzvah Mall, a Dec. 5 holiday bazaar hosted by Congregation Beth Sholom, a Reform Jewish synagogue in Anchorage.

In November, 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, educational opportunities and other services provided by the organization. While Planned Parenthood performs hundreds of abortions in Alaska each year, Director Clover Simon says that the holiday gifts purchased at the Mitzvah Mall cannot be designated to pay for abortion procedures.

In 2008, Planned Parenthood participated in the Mitzvah Mall and offered donors the option to give money towards various birth control options as well as a “one night’s stay in a hotel for out-of-town patients.”

The Mitzvah Mall, however, is not the first time Planned Parenthood has utilized the Christmas season to promote its organization.

In 2007, Planned Parenthood made national headlines when the organization used the Christmas season to promote its “Choice on Earth” holiday cards in which people could purchase holiday-themed cards with customized messages, which featured themes ranging from “Choice on Earth” (with gold snowflakes on a purple background or golden birds on a tree branch) to “Seasons Greetings” (featuring a pink background and a white silhouette of a parent and child) and “Happy Planning for the New Year” (with a parent hold a child’s hand).

One card featured two Christian doves holding an olive branch.

In Alaska, Planned Parenthood recently made headlines for its opposition to a successful ballot measure that now requires abortion practitioners to notify at least one parent of a minor girl before they perform an abortion on her.

Planned Parenthood runs five clinics in Alaska, four of which perform abortions and one that refers for abortion. On average, more than 600 abortions are performed in Alaska annually.

Printed with permission from CatholicAnchor.org, newspaper for the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Alaska.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Jul
26

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:24-30

Gospel
Date
07/26/14
07/25/14
07/24/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Jer 7: 1-11
Gospel:: Mt 13: 24-30

Saint of the Day

Blessed William Ward »

Saint
Date
07/25/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 13:24-30

Homily
Date
07/26/14
07/25/14
07/24/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: