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Planned Parenthood’s Gift Certificate of Health

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Last week prior to Thanksgiving, Planned Parenthood of Indiana (PPIN) announced for the first time the availability of “unusual, yet practical gift this holiday season.”  What might this unusual yet highly practical gift be?  None other than gift certificates that can be conveniently purchased online or in one of their 35 locations across the state.  These gift certificates can be used “for services of the recipient’s choice of birth control method” (for the full press release go here).   


With so many medically uninsured in Indiana, “Why not buy a loved one a gift this holiday season that they really need and one that will contribute to their health throughout the year?”   Especially for that “person in your life who puts everyone else first and has been putting off taking care of her or his own health.” 

With such glowing and flowery rhetoric, a person can be lead to believe that preventive healthcare is the only “services” redeemable at PPIN with their highly practical and enabling gift certificate.    

However, this is not the case. 

These gift certificates can be redeemed for one of the myriad of services provided through Planned Parenthood, such as annual exams for women, co-pays for medication (such as the Morning After Pill), and abortions. 

From the interview above with WISH-TV, Planned Parenthood’s Vice President, Chrystal Struben-Hall, commented:

They really are intended for preventative healthcare.  We decided not to put restrictions on the gift certificates so it’s for whatever people feel they need the services for most” (Planned Parenthood Issues Christmas Gift Certificates)

If these gift certificates are “really intended” for preventative healthcare, then why not put any restrictions on the gift certificates?  Why not limit them to true preventative healthcare?  Besides, does this not strike you as extremely inappropriate and bad tasting that PPIN would offer such a gift certificate as we move towards the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?

Christmas is a time marked by the celebration of a birth and life who lived and died so that we may have life and have it abundantly here and forevermore. 

This is not the time or place for us to grow mean-spirited and antagonistic towards Planned Parenthood (PP).  This is the time and place for us to consider women who may be facing a crisis pregnancy and how can we help them nurture the life that is living within their womb.  This means that we not only consider government legislation, but that we consider how we as individuals, neighborhoods, churches, and social organizations can help a woman or couple towards preserving the life of their unborn child by any means necessary.    

Seven Steps in Providing Support to those Facing Crisis Pregnancies

From the Evangelical Presbyterian Church Position Paper on Abortion, their General Assembly – who oversees all of the churches under their care – urged the following seven steps, in addition to prayers and general assistance, to be implemented by individuals, congregations, and judicators to help support women and couples facing crisis pregnancies:

1.      Women facing problem or unwanted pregnancies should receive support, love, acceptance and counsel from pastors, counselors, physicians and Christian friends both during and after the decisions they face.  The Church must provide compassionate biblical and spiritual guidance to these persons


2.      The men involved who respond with indifference must be confronted with their responsibilities and role in such crises.


3.      The Church must support and nurture women who decide to carry an unwanted pregnancy to full term.


4.      The Church must seek ways to support and care for all children who result from unwanted pregnancies.


5.      The Church must serve as a therapeutic community to those who have experienced physical, emotional, or spiritual wounds from abortion or giving up a child for adoption.


6.       Both individual Christians and the Church should oppose abortion and do everything in their power to provide supportive communities and alternatives to abortion.

7.      The Church should declare to the world and teach its members that abortion must never be used as a convenience or a means of birth control.

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Written by Jesse Wisnewski

December 1, 2008 at 6:24 pm

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