Pro-Abortion Groups Keep Exploiting Death of Abortionist George Tiller for Money

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 25, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Groups Keep Exploiting Death of Abortionist George Tiller for Money

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 25
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Leading pro-abortion groups continue to devise every method possible to raise money by exploiting the shooting death of late-term abortion practitioner George Tiller. One group is running a signature ad campaign in Ms. magazine while another is selling bracelets like Lance Armstrong’s.

A new fundraising email from NARAL begins this way, "You’ve heard of wearing your heart on your sleeve. Well, in honor of Dr. George Tiller’s work, we want you to wear yours on your wrist."

NARAL is selling purple wrist bracelets with the message "Trust Women," a mantra of sorts of Tiller’s that he used to deflect scrutiny from allegations that he lied about the ages of unborn children to justify late-term abortions.

"Tiller often wore a button that simply read, ‘Trust Women,’" NARAL president Nancy Keenan explained. To honor his message and as a symbol of your pro-choice values, NARAL Pro-Choice America is launching a “Trust Women” wristband campaign."

"When you wear a wristband, you are paying tribute to Dr. Tiller’s legacy," Keenan said of the man who did abortions of babies after viability. "With your donation today, we will send you ‘Trust Women’ wristbands to wear and proudly share with your friends and family."

NARAL encourages donors to register their bracelets online, as a way of supporting Tiller and as a method of standing against "the vitriolic campaign of hate and inflammatory rhetoric used by anti-choice groups, politicians, and pundits."

Keenan goes as far as saying pro-life advocates are responsible for Tiller’s death even though his alleged killer had nothing to do with the pro-life movement.

"Please join us as we stand together against the anti-choice violence and intimidation that led to the murder of Dr. Tiller," she concluded.

Jill Stanek, a pro-life blogger, condemned the campaign and noted that NARAL is making a 900 percent profit on the bracelets.

"NARAL has joined the death peddling. In an email alert yesterday it began selling ‘Trust Women 5.31.2009’ wristbands for the amazing price of 5 for $10," she noted. "If you donate $25, you get 8 wristbands! (But wait, 8?) And for $35, you get 10! (What?) Turns out the more one gives, the worse NARAL’s deal gets."

"But the best part for NARAL is the windfall profit it is making from this Tiller death gimmick. I checked the purchase price for 1,000 wristbands, my conservative estimate of NARAL’s initial purchase, and found they would cost a total of $190, or 19¢ each! A 900% minimum profit," she explains.

"NARAL shows once again how the industry sure knows how to make an aborted baby buck," she says.

Meanwhile, the pro-abortion Feminist Majority Foundation, which owns the women’s magazine Ms., is running a new signature campaign for Tiller to raise money.

"Today, Ms. is offering an opportunity for supporters of abortion providers to appear in the next issue of Ms, but time is running out. That’s right, Ms. will print the names of supporters of abortion providers that take the pledge," it says.

"And we ask signers to make a contribution so Ms. can promote the pledge and provide needed funds to support targeted abortion providers and counter anti-abortion terrorism," Katherine Spillar, the editor of the magazine writes.

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