Criticism of Planned Parenthood "I Had an Abortion" Shirts Continues

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 29, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Criticism of Planned Parenthood "I Had an Abortion" Shirts Continues

by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 29, 2004

Washington, DC ( — The outrage across the country against Planned Parenthood’s "I Had an Abortion" t-shirt continues. Pro-life organizations and groups of women who have had abortions are joining some local Planned Parenthood affiliates in condemning the shirts.

For women who have had abortions and regret their decision, the shirt is a reminder that Planned Parenthood doesn’t understand the devastating physical and emotional damage abortion has on women.

"[T]he callousness and insensitivity of Planned Parenthood provides another example of just how out of touch they are with the reality of abortion and the impact it has on women," said Olivia Gans, director of American Victims of Abortion.

"It is pretty clear that Planned Parenthood puts promoting abortion above concern for women," Gans, who had an abortion in 1981, added.

Meanwhile, pro-life groups say that the shirts are disgusting because the celebrate the destruction of unborn children.

"The day women are proud of killing their children is the day we wonder where we are as a society," says Kim Gordon, director of Iowa Right to Life.

"Planned Parenthood’s new t-shirt confirms that the abortion chain lacks any sense of integrity, tact, and compassion. This shirt’s message celebrates an act of violence that is traumatic for women, and worst of all, kills an innocent child," adds Jim Sedlak, director of Stop Planned Parenthood.

The shirts are also drawing opposition from some local Planned Parenthood affiliates.

"This is going beyond pro-choice. We’re offending people," Brian Lewis, director of public policy for Planned Parenthood Health Systems of North Carolina, told the Charlotte Observer newspaper.

On Tuesday, Lewis fired off an email to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America headquarters expressing his disapproval.

Meanwhile, abortion advocates in Idaho are also upset by the sale of the shirts that PPFA maintains have a "powerful message in support of women’s rights."

Rebecca Poedy, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of Idaho, told KBCI-TV in Boise that she was "very disappointed."

"I think the issue to focus on here is the effort that Planned Parenthood goes to, to prevent unwanted pregnancy. I think this is just a poor decision and we are just not supportive of it," Poedy said.

For Olivia Gans, who would give anything to undo her abortion decision, the t-shirt is a sad reminder of a decision so many women regret.

"Every abortion not only ends a life, but it can leave a woman emotionally wounded," said Gans. "The experience of abortion is traumatic and devastating and I am appalled that Planned Parenthood would exploit the tragic experience of women like myself to further their agenda."

ACTION: Send your complaints to [email protected].

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