Planned Parenthood Transforms Choice on Earth Christmas Card Into Fundraiser

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 17, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood Transforms Choice on Earth Christmas Card Into Fundraiser

by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 17
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — For years, the national Planned Parenthood abortion business has saddened Christians by co-opting Biblical text with its "Choice on Earth" Christmas cards. This year, Planned Parenthood has no offensive greeting cards to sell but it has transformed the cards into a fundraising campaign.

Under a "Choice on Earth" banner, Planned Parenthood Federation of America president Cecile Richards sent her donors an email today that looks back on 2009 and ahead to 2010.

"With so many changes, including a new president, the hope of health care reform, and even some big wins like overturning the global gag rule, some things definitely stay the same," she writes. "For example, everywhere I go women still tell me just how much Planned Parenthood has meant to their lives."

In an effort to draw attention away from its abortion business, Richards recounts the stories of women who went to its centers for pap smears and breast exams.

But she quickly moves back to abortion after a short fundraising plea and bashes pro-life advocates who have worked overtime to stop taxpayer funding of abortions.

"Of course, we knew that 2009 would be difficult. Opponents of women’s reproductive health care seem more desperate than ever — from trying to block access to Planned Parenthood health centers to doing their best to eliminate choice in health care reform," she complains.

"When anti-choice groups spent the summer spreading misinformation and fear about health care reform, Planned Parenthood was there to set the record straight," she added — calling amendments to stop the forcing of Americans to pay for abortions "cruel."

Richards closes her letter with praise for pro-abortion President Barack Obama and saying his occupying the Oval Office gives her optimism for 2010.

"I began the year with high hopes, and I’m looking forward to 2010 with the same feeling. Not just because of who’s sitting in the White House, but because of who’s reading this message," Richards says.

Jill Stanek, a pro-life nurse and blogger, has been following the offensive Christmas cards and talked about the latest fundraising piece with the "Choice on Earth" tag.

"I think Cecile Richards did this just to make me happy. It was only a week ago I noted with disappointment that Planned Parenthood wasn’t peddling its ‘Choice on Earth’ Christmas cards this year,” she said sarcastically.

"I also loved the email subject heading, ‘Hope is not enough,’" she added. "Cecile’s right, if she’s places her hopes in a person, such as Barack Obama. But hope is indeed enough if placed in Jesus Christ, whose birthday we will celebrate next week."

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