by Steven Ertelt
November 30, 2004
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — They’re back. Planned Parenthood’s "Choice on Earth" Christmas cards that are panned as offensive each year are returning once again.
The redesigned card features the same slogan as previous years. This year’s card features bubblegum pink snowflakes on the outside along with the infamous tagline.
On the inside, card buyers can go with Planned Parenthood’s bland holiday greeting, "Warmest wishes for a peaceful holiday season," or purchase blank cards and create a greeting of their own.
"’Tis the season to share with family, friends, colleagues and loved ones the message of ‘choice on earth.’ Place your orders now for the 2004 Holiday Card," Planned Parenthood says on its online store web site.
But, pro-life groups are upset by Planned Parenthood’s co-opting of a pro-life theme in the Bible — "Peace on Earth" — where an angel heralds the birth of Jesus Christ.
"In its continual attempt to ‘normalize’ abortion, Planned Parenthood has once again chosen to offend the Christian community by releasing the latest edition of its ‘Choice on Earth’ holiday cards," said Jim Sedlak, executive director of STOPP, a group that monitors Planned Parenthood.
"Contrary to the open-minded image the abortion organization aims to present for itself, Planned Parenthood has zero tolerance for anyone-or any religious group-that recognizes abortion as an evil act that kills a preborn baby," Sedlak added.
Pro-life advocates say "choice" is no more than a euphemism for abortion and it is exploitive to use a Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus to commemorate the death of millions of unborn children.
The Christmas cards are part of an overall strategy that pro-life people must not miss, Father Frank Pavone tells LifeNews.com.
"For years now, the pro-abortion forces have realized that they will lose touch with the American public unless they start presenting abortion in the envelope of moral and even religious language," Pavone, director of Priests for Life, explained. "Hence they speak more and more of a choice ‘between a woman and her God.’"
Last year, Planned Parenthood claimed national outrage over the card and the public attention it received helped spike sales more than 25 percent over the previous year.
"Our holiday card has proven to be very popular with America’s pro-choice majority for almost a decade because it sends an inclusive seasonal message for people of all faiths. I am proud of the card," Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt said of last year’s offering.
ACTION: Send your complaints about the Christmas cards to [email protected].