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What the Anti-Choice Fail to Realize in Attacking Judy Blume

May 7, 2009

Beloved children’s author Judy Blume wrote a letter on behalf of Planned Parenthood as part of their Mother’s Day campaign, asking for support.

Blume wrote:

It’s not easy to be a mother these days. And right now — with more and more women seeking care from Planned Parenthood health centers — we need to do all we can to support them. By honoring a mother in your life with a gift to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, you’ll be making a gift that protects and advocates for the health of millions of mothers and families. That’s a gift any mother will appreciate.

Now, anti-abortion, anti-choice folks jumped all over this, as they do each year when the PP mother’s day fundraising campaign rolls around. They seem to think it’s highly ironic and inappropriate for an abortion provider to reference the health and needs of mothers and ask for donations to support that work. They specifically asked people to contact Judy at her office and online. Those contacts apparently included death threats. Where’s your irony now?

In response, Planned Parenthood is now asking folks to send Blume notes of support.

[In further response, the LifeNetNews folks are calling this request “begging for help,” as though it’s a bad thing to ask for support for someone who is allegedly receiving death threats. They’re also continuing the call for people to contact Blume.]

Now, what these folks are neglecting to know or understand while they’re over there tittering about “irony:”

3% of Planned Parenthood’s services each year are abortions. 36% of services are for contraception, 31% are for STI testing and treatment, 17% are for cancer screening and prevention, 11% are other women’s health services. So, yeah, that’s an awful lot of non-abortion services that women – including mothers – need.

60% of the women obtaining abortions in the U.S. each year are already mothers. Proportionally, women with 3 or more previous live births have the highest ratio of abortions. Women with just 1 previous live birth have the fewest, followed by women with none – women with no previous live births obtain just 40% of the abortions each year – a statistic that I find surprises many people who stereotype women getting abortions as young, single, irresponsible “girls.”

Southern Beale also points out the ratio of services PP provides, and concludes: “But the anti-choice nutzos don’t give a damn about women’s healthcare. All they care about is intimidation and thuggery.”

As Aunt B notes:

Because, seriously, if you claim to be pro-life and you send death threats to a beloved children’s author, you look like you are deranged. You really think that people who are sane and who are uncomfortable with abortion are going to be galvanized to the pro-life side by tales of how you threatened Judy Blume’s life?

Because I’m not seeing it.

As a libraryland aside, Blume is one of the most frequently challenged authors by people who don’t support the freedom of other folks to read what they see fit.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 7, 2009 8:27 am

    And now she’s being challenged by folks who don’t support the freedom of people to have the healthcare they see fit to have. Amazing.

  2. May 7, 2009 9:33 am

    Well, those are probably the same people. So she’s evil to them from the get-go. In fact, I’m sure they can scare up more donations for their anti-choice campaigns (which is the real point) using her name than using almost any other: see, first she wants to kill teh baybeez and then when she can’t she corrupts them!

  3. MomTFH permalink
    May 9, 2009 12:31 pm

    Great post.

    I don’t understand how people can think motherhood is sacred and also think pregnancy should be some sort of “slut punishment”. Motherhood is a huge deal. It should never be entered into lightly or forced on anyone. Parenting is a relationship, and no relationship that important should be forced on someone.

  4. May 10, 2009 7:31 am

    Seriously, you know I agree. I became even more pro-choice on Thursday when I learned in a lecture that aortic dissection is a rare but possible complication of 3rd trimester pregnancy. It’s definitely not all puppies and rainbows.


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