In Portland, Oregon, 21 prominent local bakeries and eateries announced a new initiative in protest of the upcoming inauguration and incoming President Donald Trump’s position on abortion, Oregon Live reported.
The 21-business volunteer coalition collaborated to bake “kick-ass boxes of beautiful homemade cookies,” as described to the Monthly Portland. Proceeds from the initiative, dubbed “Cookie Grab 2017: The Ultimate Bake Sale,” will go to Planned Parenthood’s Columbia Williamette location.
“I think, as do all of the women contributing to this cause, how critical it is to put forward a compassionate protest and raised voice rather than a nihilistic approach to the political climate unfolding,” Kristen Murray, a local business owner wrote in an email, according to Oregon Live. “This will be the first of many fundraising collaborations to be hatched in the following years to come.”
Two hundred boxes have already been pre-ordered, according to the report.
Though Planned Parenthood advertises other services, abortion remains its primary business. The abortion chain does about 320,000 abortions a year, about one third of all abortions in the United States. Currently, Planned Parenthood receives about half a billion dollars in taxpayer funding a year.
On the campaign trail, Trump promised several times to sign a bill to defund the national abortion chain as long as it continues to do abortions. With Republicans in control of the U.S. House and Senate, a defunding measure appears likely to pass in the near future.
In 2011, 65,900 of the 758,988 Oregon women in their childbearing years ultimately became pregnant, the Guttmacher Institute reports. While 68 percent of the pregnancies ended in live birth, another 16 percent of those pregnancies ended in abortion. In the same year, it believed that 10,690 Oregon women sought abortions.
Oregon’s abortion laws tend to be more liberal, even allowing women to seek abortion medications via teleconference with her physician rather than an actual doctor’s visit, Oregon Live reported last summer. Reasons cited include easier access to the medications for women in rural areas, despite reports of deaths from improper use of the medication at home.
As pro-lifers, it is our hope that though the bake sale may go forward this year that an even sweeter day is soon coming when Planned Parenthood will be defunded and babies’ lives saved from abortion.