Planned Parenthood offers holiday gift certificates?
You can now find a gift card for practically anyone...
Planned Parenthood of Indiana is offering a controversial gift option this holiday season.
The organization started selling gift certificates for its services.
Planned Parenthood said the gift certificates were in response to an increase in calls and visits from newly unemployed and uninsured women seeking health care.
"Some people are making really tough decisions about putting gas in their car and food on the table. So we know that many women especially put health care at the bottom of their list of things to do," said Chrystal Struben-Hall of Planned Parenthood of Indiana.
The gift certificates come in $25 increments, but don't come without controversy.
While Planned Parenthood said the certificates can be used for everything from birth control to breast exams, they can also be used for abortions.
Marc Tuttle, president of Right to Life of Indiana, told the Indianapolis Star that he believes the certificates are intended as an attack on those Christians who oppose abortion.
"It's offensive that they would be highlighting Christmas to push their services," Tuttle said. "Christmas is a time when Christians are celebrating the birth of a savior to Mary, an unwed mother."
But Planned Parenthoods said abortions were not the intention of offering gift certificates.
"They're really intended for preventative health care," said Struben-Hall. "We decided not to put restrictions on the gift certificates, so it's for whatever people feel they need the services for most."
Planned Parenthood of Indiana said it plans to offer the certificates year-round.
So far, the certificates are not being offered in Ohio.