Submitted by megan on Thu, 05/29/2008 - 18:29
Last fall, the wives and girlfriends of the Senators* decided to raffle off a christmas tree covered in Sens shit paraphernalia and give the money to charity. 'Sall good right? Semi-fame, money, charities, what could go wrong?
One of the charities they chose was First Place Pregnancy Centre. FPPC offers counselling to young girls who are pregnant. It was known in the field as an anti-choice organization - i.e. one that offered pregnancy counselling that excluded abortion.
Planned Parenthood Ottawa thought that people buying raffle tickets should know this. If those people still wanted to buy a ticket, well, 'sall good, right? They would be making a fully informed choice. During the rounds of interviews that followed, FPPC was referred to as an anti-choice organization.
Planned Parenthood Ottawa is now being sued by FPPC for defamation. Two PPO staff members are named.
I won't say more than that. I was on the PPO board until quite recently, and I know quite well that the staff there are perfectly capable of handling this. The way they handle teaching youth about healthy sexuality; the way they handle providing pregnant women and their partners with non-judgemental information about the full spectrum of their options; the way they do all this on a shoestring budget.
But I will leave you with some links in case you would like to know more and/or offer your support to PPO (which, by the by, is also a registered charity). And, perhaps, express some righteous indignation on my behalf.
- Citizen: Charity Sues Planned Parenthood
- National Post: Ottawa Charity Sues Planned Parenthood
- Planned Parenthood Ottawa
*Called the Sens Better Halves, and don't even get me started on that. How cutesy! How grammatically incorrect! Mutual, I'm sure.