Thursday 6 December 2007

Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, GOO-OODBYE!

The CBC is on it.

An Ottawa pregnancy centre has pulled links to controversial opinions and assertions about birth control and abortion from its website after media coverage about the funding it receives from Ottawa Senators hockey fans.

First Place Pregnancy Centre made the changes to its website after articles such as one by columnist Heather Mallick, who reported the links included a story comparing corporations that make birth control drugs to the Jewish Holocaust and a story by an anonymous author with the headline: "One baby in 30 left alive after medical abortion."

The centre, which describes itself as a "non-profit and non-political" agency that offers support to people facing unplanned pregnancy, is among three charities that will receive funds raised from raffle tickets sold at Ottawa Senators hockey games between Nov. 29 and Dec. 22.The fundraiser is put on by the Sens Better Halves, the hockey players' wives and girlfriends. The proceeds raised will be matched by the Ottawa Senators Foundation.

Both the centre and the Sens Better Halves declined to be interviewed by CBC News Wednesday.

As jj at Unrepentant Old Hippie said:

Sing it, pro-choice hockey fans: Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, GOO-OODBYE!

UPDATE: The story at that CBC link has been updated with even better news.

n Ottawa charity facing controversy over its anti-abortion philosophy says it does not want to hurt the positive image of the Ottawa Senators Foundation, and will therefore turn down funding raised at Ottawa Senators games.
First Place Pregnancy Centre said it recognizes "the incredible work and generosity" of the Sens Better Halves, the wives and girlfriends of the Ottawa Senators, who chose the centre as one of three charities they would support by selling raffle tickets at Senators home games between Nov. 29 and Dec. 22.

(First published at Birth Pangs.)

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