Pro-Lifers Call Out Planned Parenthood's Hypocrisy in Mother's Day Appeal
The new Mother's Day appeal by Planned Parenthood has left some pro-life groups annoyed and some just laughing.
Children's author Judy Blume is the voice of this year's fundraising appeal for the nation's largest abortion provider.
In a letter requesting support, Blume writes: "There is no organization that I know of that supports motherhood and all that it means more than Planned Parenthood. That's why I'm honoring moms everywhere with my gift to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund today."
The Action Fund is the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
Jill Stanek, a registered nurse and staunch pro-life advocate, said Blume's appeal is "so ridiculous I have to laugh," according to her blog.
Janet Morana, co-founder of Silent No More Awareness Campaign, pointed to the overall hypocrisy in Planned Parenthood's fundraising letter.
"Honoring mothers by giving money to Planned Parenthood, though, is like honoring our troops by sending care packages to al-Qaeda," Morana said in a statement Friday. "It makes no sense and it's highly offensive."
Last year, the famous mother-daughter duo, Blythe Danner and Gwyneth Paltrow, lent their names to the abortion provider's Mother's Day appeal.
In this year's letter, Blume notes that more women are "seeking care from Planned Parenthood health centers" as many are being forced to reconsider growing their families during an economic recession.
Recent reports revealed that Planned Parenthood clinics across the country were performing more abortions this year than previous years. Clinics in Illinois performed an all-time high number of abortions in January, according to The Associated Press. Steve Trombley, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood in the Chicago Area, said many of the abortions were motivated by economic worries.
Blume writes to potential donors, "It's not easy to be a mother these days. And right now – with more and more women seeking care from Planned Parenthood health centers – we need to do all we can to support them.
"By honoring a mother in your life with a gift to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, you'll be making a gift that protects and advocates for the health of millions of mothers and families."
Georgette Forney, co-founder of Silent No More, has a different message for mothers.
"Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby told us that terminating our children's lives would solve our problems, but that lie has turned Mother's Day into a time of anguish and regret for far too many. This Mother's Day, the voices of Silent No More want women to find healing and healing begins with the truth."
The Silent No More campaign, founded in 2003, raises awareness about the "hurtful aftermath" of abortion and connects post-abortive women with resources to help them cope with pain and loss.
Thousands of women and men have shared stories of regret and pain through the campaign.
Mother's Day is May 10.