A natural disaster is a horrible thing to suffer through. Besides the danger and the fear, you then have to face the loss, loss of loved ones, homes, cherished objects that represent memories from your life before the storm.
There are also some practicalities to be faced after a storm, such as how many women think to grab their birth control when a tornado is bearing down on their homes and they are being evacuated?
Planned Parenthood of Missouri is assisting those families, offering free birth control and condoms to those who have been displaced and who want to avoid an unintended pregnancy at a time when the added burden could exacerbate personal tragedy. But anti-choice zealots never miss an opportunity to try and score political points.
Bryan Kemper, columnist for LifeNews, provides a vivid reminder that anti-choice activists cannot tell the difference between birth control and abortion. Kemper declares that Planned Parenthood is offering “free abortions” in Joplin, rather than the condoms and birth control pills they actually offered to disaster victims. Kemper writes:
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In 2001 Planned Parenthood of NYC offered free abortions to women who lost a husband or boyfriend in the attacks on 9/11. What a wonderful sentiment to send to grieving women; (Lost your husband? Let us kill his child for free).
Planned Parenthood of Joplin, MO is following suit and offering their services for free to victims of the Tornado….Yepp, that is what these people need more than food, water, shelter and clothing; they need condoms and the pill. To quote Seth Myers and Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live, “Really”. Really Planned Parenthood? Free birth control and abortion for people who are suffering, hungry, thirsty and traumatized sounds like such a wonderful community service. Killing children is not heath care and it is certainly not disaster relief.
How wrong is Kemper? Even Lifenews backed away from his claim, posting then deleting his article from their own website.
Blatantly lying to try to score political points off suffering tornado victims? Really, Byran Kemper?