Jesus, Betty!

Dateline: Wed 03 Dec 2008

A "very liberal" friend called last night with the news that Indiana's Planned Parenthood clinics are offering gift certificates for the holidays, including ones that can be used to purchase abortions.

According to the Chicago Tribune, "Betty Cockrum, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, characterizes the response to the gift certificates as 'pretty robust, and generally very favorable.'"

ABC News, and other outlets, quoted her as saying the certificates are practical in times of expensive health care.

This is the same Betty Cockrum who once told me what a bad idea it was for the New York chapters of PP to sell "I HAD AN ABORTION" T-shirts. That would never play in the Midwest, she indicated.

What on earth are they thinking now?

There is no question, in my mind, that pro-life people are going to have to come to terms with the legal reality of abortion, a fact of life in the U.S. since 1973 and more "solid" than ever with Obama as president elect.

But the new mood is compromise: conservatives and liberals are beginning to see the merits of working together to reduce the number of abortions through education and safe-sex initiatives. One could see that coming a few years ago, when Hillary Clinton herself gave a speech, lamenting the numbers of abortions....

So why Cockrum would initiate such an in-your-face gimmick, during the Christmas season yet, shows a complete lack of understanding of the shifting national sands.

My liberal friend was appalled. So am I.

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