Monday, September 29, 2008

Email Campaign Triggers Donations to Planned Parenthood in Sarah Palin’s Name

Three weeks ago an internet campaign started by an unknown source began asking people to put their dislike of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to good use by donating 10 dollars to Planned Parenthood in the candidate’s name. One e-mail in the campaign says: "Instead of (actually, in addition to) all of us all sending more e-mails about how absolutely horrible she is, let's all make a donation to Planned Parenthood in Sarah Palin's name."

Since then, there have been a record number of donations to the PPFA foundation. In the past two weeks, Planned Parenthood has received over a hundred thousand dollars in Palin’s name. Planned Parenthood officials insist the campaign is not their doing, and in fact, were not aware of it until the checks started coming in. Several email chains, websites and blogs were used to spread the word to people who were angered and frightened by Palin’s staunch anti-choice position on reproductive rights. As was noted in a Rocky Mountain News article “The campaign is meant to translate anger at her position into money for an agency that provides sex education, women's health care and abortion services.” This campaign charges us with a mission, to actively take part in protesting the VP candidate’s position on women’s rights. Simply talking about how we disagree with Sarah Palin is not enough; we must make her aware of it.

The icing on the top of this fantastically proactive campaign is this: For every donation Planned Parenthood receives, they must send a handwritten thank you card to the donator. This means that tens of thousands of thank you cards have arrived at Republican presidential nominee John McCain's national headquarters, thanking Sarah for her thoughtful donation. The McCain crusade is calling it a “crass political stunt,” I call it absolutely brilliant.

Let's Follow Suit, Donate Now to NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland!

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