Promote Abortion With Your Christmas Cards This Year

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choice on earthQuick quiz. Tell us what comes to mind when someone says Christmas: The Christ child and the Virgin Mary maybe? Santa and his reindeer? Abortion? If you nodded at all three, you must be one of the whacked out Americans who will be buying their holiday cards from Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania this year, the one place you can find "Choice on Earth" cards for sale for the holiday season.

Let me say this: I am pro-choice, and as a woman who once went without health insurance for a year, I'm usually a proponent of Planned Parenthood. But I've got just one question to ask the folks at PP: what part of Christmas don't you understand?

Christmas is the holiday of Christians -- hence the first six letters of the word. Christians, according to the statistics, also happen to be the most hardcore anti-choicers out there. A full 70 percent of evangelical Protestants think abortion should be illegal, according to a Pew Research Poll last year. Overall, more than half of Protestants are against abortion, and Catholics are split almost right down the middle on the issue: 47 percent are OK with some form of legal abortion; 42 percent think Roe v. Wade should be struck down immediately.

Now compare that to the category Pew calls "unaffiliated" with any religion. They're not Christians, so it stands to reason they're not the big "Christmas" celebrators. And they're also the most likely to be pro-choice. Seventy-one percent of the people who are "unaffiliated" said it should be a legal choice for women in America.

On a pure marketing level, it makes sense for Planned Parenthood to milk the holiday to push the abortion agenda along. The "unaffiliated" are already not buying the whole "virgin birth" story. They might buy these. And if there's any time to catch a Christian off guard, it's when they're thinking about the most miraculous pregnancy ever -- and how it's a little too close for comfort to the myth of the Jolly Fat Guy for some. It's a holiday when Christians have to go on blind faith; it's a time when doubts can creep in.

And these are certainly a marketing ploy. Just check out the copy on the sale: "Not only will you receive a beautiful set of holiday cards, you'll also be spreading the word about [Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania]."

That doesn't make it right. As liberals, we expect right wing Christianity to have respect for us in the so-called "War on Christmas," expect them to understand "happy holidays" is a sentiment about inclusion rather than one that excludes their beliefs. To co-opt their holiday as a means to push our own agenda shows an equal lack of respect.

Are these cards too crass for Christmas?

 

Image via Planned Parenthood

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nonmember avatar nonmember

Probably therefore I will be an adult and not spend money on something like this. I will not, however, tell someone else what they should or should not do. These are so ridiculous I cannot image who would buy them anyway. But I can top you on going without health insurance. I have done it most of my life, until the last two years. Will I be without it again at some point? I'm sure the answer is yes. So if PP decides on something even this dumb to make money, I hope they can keep their doors open. They are not hurting anyone. No one has ever been forced to have an abortion over a greeting card.

thedg... thedgoddess

Yeah, while I support Planned parenthood and Choice, this is totally tacky. Sorry. Abortion and Christmas really don't have anything to do with one another.Bad form.

nonmember avatar Jessica

1. Planned Parenthood is not all about abortion.
2. Many people think of the holidays as a time to give to those who are less fortunate or to help causes they care about. Even the most Christian people would say that giving to others is favored by God and the church. Well Planned Parenthood provides basic health care to many low-income men, women and children who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford that care. Even more people are using their services because of the economic climate. Flu shots, breast cancer screenings, birth control, STD testing/treatment, and yes, abortion if one chooses. There might actually be people who want to support that community-based healthcare over the holiday.
3. Many of Planned Parenthood's pro-choice, pro-contraception, pro-comprehensive sex ed supporters are indeed Christian. Just because you might not find those things compatible in your view of Christianity, others might.
So it's not totally out of left field for PP to appeal to its supporters who are into a Christian Christmas, a secular holiday, or just in a festive, end of year giving mood.

You could just not give though. That is afterall, your "choice on earth."

nonmember avatar Monzie

While I support both PP and a woman's right to choose, I definitely think those Christmas cards are pushing the boundaries of good taste. (I do, however, enjoy riling up all the Fox News devotees on *my* holiday list by sending them cards that say "Peace" on them. I guess you could say that I like my subversive messages to be slightly more subtle. Heh.)

nonmember avatar Kate

It's not specifically a Christmas card. Doesn't say Christmas anywhere on it. It's a holiday/ end of season card.
Abortion is not the only choice Planned Parenthood supports women making. Many affiliates also have prenatal services, so women whose families have shunned their not-so-virgin births have resources. Women and girls who love the families they already have can access contraception, cancer screenings, STD testing, and comprehensive sex education.
You don't have to buy or send the cards, but I think you've read too much into them.

nonmember avatar BinKC

This is sick.

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