(Clarification: Statement by Planned Parenthood President Gloria Feldt is from Nov. 25, 2002)
(CNSNews.com) - Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., is under attack again for issuing holiday cards with the phrase, "Choice on Earth." Following similar criticism in 2002, the abortion provider claimed its supporters were so energized by "the vicious criticism" from pro-life activists that it was printing more of the cards and even offering T-shirts for sale with the same logo.
Most of the criticism directed at the Planned Parenthood fundraising campaign comes from the American Life League, which Monday labeled the holiday cards an example of bigotry.
"In its continual attempt to 'normalize' abortion, Planned Parenthood has once again chosen to offend the Christian community," Jim Sedlak, executive directive of the American Life League's STOPP International, said. STOPP is the acronym for Stop Planned Parenthood.
The card makes a "mockery of Christian values and of Christ Himself," demonstrating "the bigoted, anti-religion, anti-God nature of Planned Parenthood," Sedlak said.
Amber Matchen, assistant director of media and government at the American Life League, told CNSNews.com that "[Planned Parenthood is] taking a traditional Christian phrase and they've completely twisted it around to make it the most un-Christian thing that could even be put on a card. It's a real slap in the face to the Christian community."
Matchen indicated that the phrase was chosen to deliberately anger the Christian community.
"They could have sent out a holiday card and put anything on it, but they chose to put 'Choice on Earth,' because they knew that it would punch the buttons of the Christian community," she said.
Sedlak believes the card shows the Planned Parenthood organization to be close-minded. "Contrary to the open-minded image the abortion organization aims to present for itself, Planned Parenthood has zero tolerance for anyone - or any religious group - that recognizes abortion as an evil act that kills a pre-born baby," he said.
Matchen added that the message on the card is a "validation that abortion is what this organization is all about ...The bottom line is everything leads back to abortion."
Two years ago, Gloria Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood, called the criticism from the American Life League "absurd."
"A very popular greeting card among America's pro-choice majority for almost a decade, it sends an inclusive seasonal message for people of all faiths," Feldt stated on the group's website. "Our supporters are so energized by the vicious criticism of our holiday card that we're printing additional cards and limited-edition 'Choice on Earth' T-shirts.
STOPP International's sole mission, Feldt claimed, "which serves no redeeming purpose, is to shut down Planned Parenthood, America's most trusted voluntary reproductive health organization.
"Planned Parenthood believes in every individual's right to make choices and live in peace with our planet and wishes people of all beliefs a peaceful and safe holiday season," Feldt concluded.
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