Planned Parenthood Offers Gift Certificates

Patients can use money toward health exams—and abortion
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2008 3:11 PM CST
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(Newser) – Planned Parenthood of Indiana is making gift certificates available for the holiday season, infuriating right-to-life groups, WISH-TV reports. Though the certificates can be used for abortion, a Planned Parenthood representative said “they really are intended for preventative health care,” like breast exams and STD tests. The hope is that philanthropists will buy the certificates and donate them to patients in need.

“We decided not to put restrictions on the gift certificates,” the representative said, “so it’s for whatever people feel they need the services for most.” Opponents of abortion see it differently. “The way to help family planning is to give the money where there’s no agenda,” one said. “If somebody wants to help a woman at a time of crisis, they can support the life centers throughout Indiana.”