Magazine’s "I Love Abortion" Baby Bibs, Child’s Shirts Cause Outrage
by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
September 21, 2004
Louisville, KY (LifeNews.com) — Just months after Planned Parenthood began selling its controversial "I had an abortion" T-shirts, a Kentucky magazine has created a line of "I Love Abortion" merchandise, including a baby’s bib and an infant’s t-shirt.
K Composite, a magazine which features interviews with regular individuals instead of celebrities, is drawing criticism for the offerings in its online store.
"The bibs, and all the ‘I love abortion’ items, are designed as a humorous depiction of how far some people take certain issues," Scott Richter, the magazine’s founder, told LifeNews.com.
"I do not believe that anyone actually loves abortion," Richter, a liberal who ran for mayor of Louisville years ago, told LifeNews.com. "I feel fairly certain that even the recipients and practitioners of abortion procedures do not love what they are doing. Therein lies the irony."
"Babies, of all people, would never love abortion," added Richter. He said that creating items of baby’s clothing "takes the joke that much farther."
Pro-life leaders, however, aren’t laughing.
"This appears to be a crass attempt by a publicity hound seeking attention," said Wendy Wright, Senior Policy Director for Concerned Women of America. "Perhaps someday he’ll grow up."
While Richter views the items as a humorous jab at the abortion issue, he admitted that there is a line he will not cross.
"The Holocaust and slavery are subjects that would be off limits for this type of humor." admitted Richter. "But that is just my personal opinion and I’m sure some people would disagree with me on that, too."
Richter has drawn fire for his other creations, including "Saint Clinton" items featuring an edited portrait of Jesus with former president Bill Clinton’s head, and women’s underwear featuring the "I love abortion" slogan.
Planned Parenthood recently sparked national controversy over its "I Had an Abortion" shirts, which were criticized even by state affiliates of the abortion business.
"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.
Lewis emailed Planned Parenthood Federation of America with his objections.
The pro-abortion editorial board of the Seattle Times newspaper even wrote in an editorial that the "shirts being sold online by Planned Parenthood affiliates go beyond outrageous. They turn an agonizing, personal choice into a cavalier shtick."