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Unemployment Fallout: Planned Parenthood Sells Gift Cards

Gift certificates and gift cards may seem like a risky investment because some newly bankrupt companies refuse to honor outstanding gift cards, but apparently there's an even more controversial gift option on the market this year. Planned Parenthood in Indiana is offering gift certificates for the first time ever. The organization said a big increase in calls and visits from newly unemployed and uninsured citizens prompted what it deems the "unusual, yet practical" gift option. The certificates can be purchased in denominations of $25 to $100 and can be used for contraceptives and care like $58 examinations that include breast exams and pap tests. Chrystal Struben-Hall, vice president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana says:

People are making really tough decisions about putting gas in their car and food on their table, so we know that many women especially put healthcare at the bottom of their list to do. . . . They really are intended for preventative healthcare. We decided not to put restrictions on the gift certificates so it's for whatever people feel they need the services for most.

A local TV news station asked if the gift certificates could be used toward abortions. Planned Parenthood said yes, but that's not the purpose. The Indiana Family Institute president said he is "appalled" by the certificates. What do you think of the move?


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