Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Not only do Sens suck, their 'Better Halves' support fetus fetishists

Sports is usually outside the purview of Birth Pangs. But this litle item caught our attention.

The Ottawa Senators' Better Halves are holding a fundraising Tree Raffle.

Tickets will be on sale at home games on Nov. 29, Dec. 1, Dec 15 and Dec. 22. All funds raised through the sale of tickets will be matched by the Sens Foundation and directed to the following charities: First Place Pregnancy Centre, Kids Help Phone Ottawa and Harmony House.

So, what are these charities? Harmony House is a women's shelter. OK. Kids Help Phone, as its name might suggest, offers help to kids in various kinds of distress. Fine. And
First Place Pregnancy Centre is a
Crisis Pregnancy Centre.


Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), also known as pregnancy resource centers, are non-profit organizations established by pro-life supporters that work to persuade pregnant women to give birth rather than have abortions, with a focus on women facing unplanned or "crisis" pregnancies. CPCs may advise women regarding parenting and adoption. Some CPCs provide non-medical supportive services to pregnant and parenting women. Most CPCs do not provide medical care.

CPCs are typically supported and staffed by pro-life Christians. Individual CPCs are usually affiliated with a larger pro-life Christian CPC organization, or with a specific Christian church. Some CPCs operate as parachurch organizations. Most are in the United States.

And, it seems, Canada too.

We at Birth Pangs are not the only ones with a teensy problem with this.

A news release from Planned Parenthood Ottawa says:

One of the organizations set to benefit from the money raised is the First Place Pregnancy Centre, an organization in Ottawa that claims to “want you to be empowered to make your choice”, but which will not provide women facing an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy with referrals to abortion services. As a pro-choice organization, Planned Parenthood Ottawa is concerned that generous Senators fans contributing to this fundraising campaign may do so without knowing that a portion of their donations is going to support an anti-choice organization.

So, wittingly or not, the 'Better Halves' (*snerk*) are supporting fetus fetishists.

Generous Sens fans (*snerk*) take note.

(First published at Birth Pangs.)

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