Arizona Baseball Team Will Donate Ticket Sales to Planned Parenthood
by Steven Ertelt
June 23, 2004
Tucson, AZ (LifeNews.com) — The Tucson Sidewinders baseball team, the AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, plans to send proceeds from tickets sold at tonight’s game to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business. The decision is causing outrage for pro-life advocates in the southwestern state.
Every year the Pima County Board of Supervisors, in Tucson, selects four charities to receive funds from ticket sales of Sidewinders’ games. This year, they selected Planned Parenthood as one of the recipients.
Steve Aiken, the host of a program on KVOI-690, a Christian radio station, tells KVOA-TV that he is upset by the decision.
"Why in the world would they choose a controversial organization like this when there are so many others that are much more deserving," Aiken asks.
However, this isn’t the first time the Pima Board has chosen Planned Parenthood to benefit from fans unknowingly attending a baseball game where their money will be donated to an abortion business.
Planned Parenthood obtained ticket sales proceeds in 2003 as well, and received $3,000 as a result.
"You can almost excuse it one time, but two years in a row? This is appalling," Aiken told KVOA.
The Sidewinders say they have nothing to do with the selection process and are absolving themselves from responsibility.
Meanwhile, when asked why they chose Planned Parenthood to receive funds, members of the Pima Board refused to answer questions from KVOA.
"Planned Parenthood is the perpetrator of more abortions than any other agency in America," the Family Research Council’s Kristin Smith told LifeNews.com. "[W]hy should a baseball team be forced to support a "charity" that is killing the team’s future players and fan base?"
Smith said the Pima Board could have chosen from a number of other worthwhile charities, such as Crisis Pregnancy Centers of Tucson, which provides pregnancy help and resources to women in the area.
ACTION: Please contact the Pima County Board of Supervisors and urge them to pick another charity.
Sharon Bronson – 520-740-8051, [email protected]
Ann Day – 520-740-2738, [email protected]
Ray Carroll – 520-740-8094, [email protected]
Richard Elias – 520-740-8126, [email protected]s
Ramone Valadez – 520-740-8126, (no e-mail available)
Fax line for the Board – 520-884-1152