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Celebrities Encourage Donations to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence’s Name. They Don’t Get It.

Celebrities are encouraging their fans to make donations to Planned Parenthood in the name of Vice President–elect Mike Pence. Katy Perry, Amy Schumer, Amber Rose, and others have all posted the following message on social media: 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BMuN3BrjRuG/

You can criticize politicians fairly for a lot of things, but the hateful rhetoric aimed at pro-lifers always stuns me. Pence, myself, and a vast number of Americans believe life has value at every stage. It’s not hateful or controlling. It’s not about anger or hating women. It’s about the basic understanding and belief that life (“the existence of an individual human being. . .”) scientifically does begin at conception — and that all human life has value. 

A few other definitions of “life”: 

‐The quality that distinguishes a vital and functional being from a dead body (Merriam-Webster)

One or more aspects of the process of living (Merriam-Webster)

‐The condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.  (Oxford)

So you can believe abortion is an acceptable choice. But you can’t say so and also claim to respect and value life for it’s inherent worth. And you can donate to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, in the name of Mike Pence. Or you can try to help women in crisis pregnancies know that abortion, thought it may always be legal, is not the only option.