Christmas Gift Idea: An Abortion!

UPDATE: Turns out that the story is two years old. Spotted it elsewhere via a friend and didn’t read the dateline. So rather than “ohmygosh isn’t this awful RIGHT NOW,” this is a reminder of the sorts of people we’re up against in promoting a culture of life.

You really cannot caricature these people.

A number of Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana and Illinois are offering gift certificates for their services this Christmas.

Officials say the vouchers enable people to give their loved ones “the gift of life” — that would help pay for annual checkups and birth control — but also can be used for abortions.Chrystal Struben-Hall with Planned Parenthood of Indiana said the idea is a response to economic woes that have forced many women to put health care at the bottom of their to-do list.

“People are making really tough decisions about putting gas in their car and food on their table,” Struben-Hall said.

So let’s give ’em a hand and celebrate the BIRTH of the Lord of Life by helping pay for them to slaughter the innocent.

*Moloch laughs into his sleeve.*

Seriously. I think they’re trying to put The Onion out of business.



  • Scott W.

    While I’m totally on board with “degenerate” as an accurate tell-it-like-it-description, there is a practical reason for avoiding it: The opposition will derail the discussion with a filibuster in the faux-indignant “how dare you?!” flavor, leaving the substance of you arguments untouched.

    • Tom Crowe

      Yes, I’m accustomed to that sort of thing, which is why I used a word with an actual applicable meaning rather than base invective. If it were base invective they would have a point; with an actual applicable word with an actual meaning, the argument “how dare you” can return to what I’ve pointed out: that certain activities are, in face, degenerative, and therefore render their actor “degenerate,” AND that I do not absolve myself from ever being a degenerate, except that when I recognize an area of degenerative behavior or thought I submit to the Truth of God and His grace, manifested especially in and through His Church, and work on myself to rectify that situation. The key is not to get bent out of shape when they do, which can inspire them to perhaps drop the drama and evaluate the reality.

      • Bruce

        You were right in your usage of the word, as I was thinking of its use in biological/physical terms and not moral. That was my mistake.

        • Tom Crowe

          No worries. No apology necessary. Discussion is all about coming to clarity and understanding one another.

      • Scott W.

        I understand. I would still recommend avoiding it as I sometimes recommend to apologist Dave Armstrong. Every now and then we will to refer to an opponent as “anti-Catholic”. He has many entries defining and defending the term, and when he uses it you can bet it is 100% applicable and without invective. But the problem is he will for example respond to a critique of Marian dogma and say “anti-Catholic [insert name of Protestant apologist] says…”. Well, guess what happens? Instead of a edifying discussion on Marian dogma, we get upteen posts on whether Dave was unfair using the term anti-Catholic or not. Anti-Catholics and abortionists have no leg to stand on and as such, they will talk about ANYTHING but the issue at hand if given an opening.

        • Tom Crowe

          duly noted.

  • Thomas Peters

    Of course, before anyone flies off the handle – this story is from 2 years ago.

    • Tom Crowe

      D’OH! Spotted that on a friend’s Facebook feed. S’pose I shoulda checked the dateline, but who does that?

      Hmm… I’m sure some degenerates will do something similar this year; I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled.

      • Bruce

        While this behavior is awful, we need to avoid using terms like “degenerates” when talking about the very same people we are called to evangelize. There is no one, and I mean no one, who is unforgivable or unredeemable in the eyes of God, and that includes abortionists. They need our prayers for their repentance and conversion, for we are called to love our enemies and bless them. No abortionist is worth your going to Hell for, especially if they seek forgiveness but you cannot.

        • Tom Crowe

          And if/when they repent, they cease to be a degenerate. I don’t think that’s being subjectively judgmental. We are very much self-creative by our actions: when one sins one is a sinner. Love the sinner and hate the sin, absolutely, but don’t absolve before repentance. I’m reminded of the scene in A Man for All Seasons when Roper first approaches More for his daughter’s hand: “The answer is no, and will remain so so long as he’s a heretic.” To which Roper replies, “Now that’s a word I do not like!” And More states, plainly, “It’s not a likable word, it’s not a likable thing.” But it does address the reality.

          And Roper came around eventually and did get Meg’s hand.

          • Bruce

            I certainly understand where you are coming from, upon further study. The very definition of “degenerate” is an immoral or corrupt person, so you are certainly justified in using it to describe an abortionist or any sinner, myself included. That was my mistake, and I apologize.

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