Monday, April 13, 2009

Pro-life protest raises 14k for family planning

Here's some funny news out of Minneapolis/St. Paul - every year on Good Friday, a pro-life group protests at a Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Paul. This year, Planned Parenthood did "sponsor a protester" as a fundraising technique. For every protester that showed up, someone donated x dollars.

Weeeeellll, the Archbishop of the archdiocese of St Paul/Minneapolis showed up this year, meaning that there was an even larger crowd of protesters, which means that Planned Parenthood raised way more money than anticipated. Apparently they raised $14,000 and carloads of donated food for food banks.
The money raised at the expense of anti-abortion protesters will go toward family planning services at the clinic. PPMNS said it provided more than 300,000 units of contraception and 20,000 breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings to women in Minnesota and the Dakotas within the past year.

Nice work, Archbishop Neinstedt and your posse of pro-life protesters. I'm glad you could do your part in preventing unplanned pregnancies and working for women's health issues.


Amelia said...

That. Is. Awesome.

That kinda just made my day. :)

Tasha said...

I'm from St. Paul and I've participated in the anti-protesting several times and they've done the "sponsor a protester" for several years now as well. I am so happy they raised so much money! Especially after having an SUV crash into the building earlier this year.

Amelia said...

Tasha, was the SUV crash an accident, or some kind of terrible protest?

Tasha said...

A kind of terrible protest. I live a mile from Planned Parenthood and there are always protesters outside. Usually old white men. They took it very far. It was on Roe v. Wade day. I think?

Also, Al Franken was announced as winner of the senate race! Norm Coleman can still appeal again though.

lindsay said...

Yeah, the crash was definitely by someone who disagreed with some of the services Planned Parenthood provides.